Driving safely with buses

Driving safely with buses

Buses play a vital part of Victoria’s integrated transport system, with over 400 regular bus routes out on the road around the state.

Taking care when driving around buses helps keep you, passengers and other road users safe.

Imagine seeing a herd of hippos on roller skates in your rearview mirror, you’d give them space wouldn’t you?

Well, a bus can weigh up to 13 hippos, that’s 18 tonnes. So, much like a herd of hippos on roller skates, a bus can’t stop in time if you cross its path.

Don’t cut in front of buses. Even near misses can mean disaster for you and those on board.

Share the road. Give buses space. Keep our roads safe.

Metro bus image

Top tips for driving with buses

Buses share many of our roads, and incidents can result not only in an injury to yourself, but also to  passengers, drivers and other road users. Be aware that buses are larger, heavier, and take longer to stop.

Here are some important road rules to keep you safe when driving around buses.

  • You must give way to buses, particularly if they’re leaving a bus stop.
  • Bus lanes are special lanes for public buses. They have bus lane signs at the start of these lanes. Drivers are not allowed to drive in a bus lane.
  • In a built-up area you must give way to a bus that is signalling to pull out from the kerb.

You must not park near a bus stop.

We can all share the road safely with buses

metro bus stop shelter flag trees road 500 2023

Driving with buses

Victorian road rules ensure the safe operation of the road network, including roads shared with trams.

Familiarise yourself with some important rules for driving safely around buses.

Summer Blitz roads image

Share the road

There are things we can all do to get everyone safely from A to B. There's plenty of room on our roads for everyone, and we can all do our bit to make sure every road user's trip is enjoyable.

Check out some tips to help you share the road and look out for your fellow travellers.

Image of a young woman at a tram stop at night

Being safe as a pedestrian

Trams can take much longer and farther to stop than you may think.

It’s important to be extra careful when crossing tram lines whether you’re a pedestrian, motorist, or cyclist. Here are some tips for crossing safely.

Start your journey