Bus road rule sending drivers crazy. Picture: NSW Road Safety
Bus road rule sending drivers crazy. Picture: NSW Road Safety

Bus road rule sending drivers crazy

Australian drivers have been reminded about an important road rule to remember when travelling next to a bus, and some people aren't happy about it.

As part of Bus Safety Week, NSW Road Safety has been posting helpful things other road users need to keep in mind about buses.

Pedestrians have been reminded not to cross the road in front of a bus as the driver or other motorists may not know they are there.

In a short video posted to Facebook, NSW Road Safety urges people to "wait until the bus has gone and find a safe place to cross".

This reminder went down without any controversy, with people pointing out it was an obvious rule.

However, social media users weren't so impressed when they were reminded about the importance of giving way to buses.

Motorists aren’t happy about being told to give way to buses. Picture: NSW Road Safety
Motorists aren’t happy about being told to give way to buses. Picture: NSW Road Safety

"The law says that when a bus is leaving a bus stop, has its indicator on and displays a give way sign motorists must give way to the bus," a video posted on the page claims.

Not giving way to a bus when driving in the left lane or traffic line could result in a $337 fine and cost you three demerit points.

But many motorists didn't agree with this rule, claiming it leads to dangerous situations.

"Wouldn't it be much safer and simpler for buses to give way until it's safe to enter the traffic rather than have a whole line of traffic have to stop and possibly cause an accident," one person wrote.

The video says this is the right way to act around a bus. Picture: NSW Road Safety
The video says this is the right way to act around a bus. Picture: NSW Road Safety

"I no longer give way to buses on the north shore, they rarely use indicators, they drive with total disregard for any other road user, and I have seen more than one using a mobile phone while driving," another claimed.

One added: "A 5 second rule would make sense, just don't put your blinker on and merge, a blinker isn't something you do as you change lanes it's an indication of your intent."

These sentiments were echoed by many other commenters, some claiming they've been put in dangerous situations as a result of the rule.

NSW has one of the largest metropolitan bus fleets in Australia with almost 4000 buses operating in the Sydney area alone.

The aim of Bus Safety Week is to raise awareness about how to stay safe around buses and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads.

The campaign warns drivers to not only give way to buses but to keep a safe distance back from them, not to merge too close in front of them and to slow down to 40km/h when a bus's lights are flashing.


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