Advice for Children on Minibuses

Here are some helpful hints to keep you, and others, safe while on a minibus journey

  • Arrive on time, and wait for the minibus away from the road.
  • Don’t push or rush towards the minibus when it arrives.
  • Find a seat quickly and quietly without pushing. You may have already been allocated a seat.
  • Stay seated when the minibus is moving and wear your seat belt.
  • Avoid kneeling in your seat as this is dangerous.
  • Make sure your bags do not block gangways and exits, or take up seats.
  • Only speak to the driver when he or she is not driving, or in an emergency. Distracting the driver can be very dangerous.
  • Never throw things or play about in the minibus; never ever throw things out of the minibus window as you could cause other drivers to have an accident.
  • Wait until the minibus has stopped completely before getting up to leave.
  • Take your belongings with you when you leave the minibus, except in an emergency when you should leave them behind.
  • Take care if returning to the minibus after getting off as the driver may be pulling away.
  • If you have to cross the road after getting off the minibus, wait for it to move away first. Use the Green Cross Code.
  • Go to the toilet before you get on the minibus. If you need to use the toilet or you feel unwell during the journey, tell the escort, or the driver if the escort is not present.

The Green Cross Code

  • First find a safe place to cross, then stop. It is safer to cross at subways, footbridges, pedestrian islands, zebra and pelican crossings or where there is a police officer, school crossing patrol or traffic warden. If you can’t find one of these, choose a place where you can see clearly along the road in all directions.
  • Stand on the pavement near the kerb.
  • Look all around for traffic and listen. Traffic may be coming from any direction. Sometimes you can hear traffic before you can see it.
  • If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again.
  • When there is no traffic near, walk straight across the road. Do not cross unless there is a safe gap and you are sure that you have plenty of time to get across. If in doubt, don’t cross. Always walk across, don’t run.
  • Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross.

Courtesy of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)