Bus drivers are responsible for the general operation of buses, including:
• driving in a safe manner and taking reasonable care for the safety of all passengers.
• behaving with civility and propriety towards all passengers and communicating in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
• providing reasonable directions to ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers, including students.
• providing safety, by not, either through action or inaction, cause or allow any injury, loss or damage to persons or property to occur.
• administering the rules applicable to the bus consistently and impartially.
• contacting the bus operator for clarification of correct procedures if there is any uncertainty in relation to student misbehaviour.
Where a student breaches the Code of Conduct the bus driver will:
• advise the student that their behaviour was inappropriate and of the consequences of the offence.
• obtain the student’s name and school.
• advise the student that their behaviour will be investigated by their bus operator.
• record the incident (using an Incident Report Form).
• report breaches of the Code of Conduct to the bus operator.
• report to the bus operator when repeated attempts by the driver to control misbehaviour have been unsuccessful.
When an incident of misbehaviour is considered life threatening, the bus driver will stop the bus and contact police on 000 and/or the bus operator and await instructions.
Students should be advised to stay in the bus until assistance has arrived.