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Bus Flashing Lights Campaign

School Zones – Bus Flashing Lights

Keep our kids safe and slow down to 40km when overtaking or passing a bus displaying flashing lights.

Lights begin to flash when the bus stops and the doors open, and they keep flashing for about 20 seconds after the doors close. Children are most at risk in the minutes after they get off the bus.

Young children are often unpredictable in their movements. They are still developing the skills that help them to judge the direction of sound and the speed and distance of vehicles.

Due to their large size and mass, buses can cause severe outcomes for other road users in crashes.  Motorists can help reduce the risk of a crash and keep children safe by:

  • slowing down to 40km/h when bus lights are flashing, unless a lower speed limit applies
  • looking out for children crossing the road near bus stops, in school zones or along bus routes
  • giving way to buses when they merge back into traffic.

Download the Bus Safety For School Students Brochure
For more information visit: transport.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety/road users/drivers/be bus
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