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School Transport Code of Conduct

Pupils will:         

  1. Only travel on the bus they have been allocated a pass for.
  2. Will arrive at their stop 5 minutes before the bus is due to arrive.
  3. Queue and board the bus in a calm, sensible manner.
  4. Carry their bus pass at all times. It must be shown on request from the driver, school or the staff of the Passenger Transport Group
  5. Bus passes must be intact, legible and not defaced, broken or damaged in any way. The driver may confiscate or refuse to accept it. Pupils may be refused travel if they cannot produce a valid pass for the transport they are attempting to board.
  6. Always give their name if it is asked for by either the driver, school or Passenger Transport Group staff.
  7. Find a seat quickly and remain seated before the vehicle and with their seat belt on before it moves off. Please note it is not the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their seat belt is secured. You must always remain seated until your stop is reached.
  8. Ensure that school bags are stored under their seat, in the luggage rack, or on their lap
  9. Not damage the vehicle in any way. Parents will be asked to pay for any damage.
  10. Sit quietly on the vehicle as distracting the driver could cause an accident.
  11. Not eat, drink, or smoke/vape on the vehicle.
  12. Take care if they have to cross the road. Never cross in front of, or close behind the vehicle.
  13. Follow their parents’ instructions about what to do if the transport does not arrive, or if travel is refused.

Parents are responsible for ensuring

  1. Their child is fully aware of, and understands their responsibilities listed above.
  2. Their child fully understands what is expected of them whilst on the vehicle, particularly not displaying unacceptable behaviour.
  3. Their child knows they must wear a seat belt (where fitted) throughout the journey to and from school, and ensure they know how to put on, fasten and undo a seat belt.
  4. The safety of their child between their home and the transport pick-up/drop-off point, for both morning and afternoon journeys.
  5. That their child is familiar with the route, and knows which pick-up point they leave from, and return to, and what to do if the transport is late, fails to arrive, or travel is refused.
  6. That their child carries a valid pass at all times. (Passes are not normally issued for contract vehicles of less than 8 seats). Transport may be refused in the morning or afternoon if a child cannot show their pass, and parents should ensure that their child knows what to do in this event.