Technical specifications for buses

Find out the safety specifications for public and school buses including the requirements for doors, seats, padding, internal partitions, handrails, warning signs and lighting systems.

Doors, field of view and padding

Extra safety features such as padding on hard surfaces or bus door safety systems help protect passengers when exiting a bus and in the event of a collision.

Door safety features are required for buses seating more than 25 people, including the driver. If your bus is used by an accredited service operator to provide regular passenger services, it must feature doors designed to allow passengers to safely enter and exit the bus.

Any bus first registered on or after 1 July 2019 with a driver-controlled door must comply with Technical Specification (TS) 155. A bus registered before then may alternatively meet TS 146.

The following technical specifications detail the requirements for these features:

Warning signs and lights

Warning signs and lighting systems, also known as wig wag lights, are now required for each bus that:

  • seats more than 12 people including the driver
  • transports children to and from school.

A bus first registered on or after 8 February 2019 must be equipped with warning signs and lighting systems meeting TS 150. A bus registered before then may alternatively meet TS 142.

The following technical specifications detail the requirements for these features.

Regional operator reimbursements

Rural and regional contract holders have until 31 December 2020 to upgrade to the standards in TS 150 to qualify for the reimbursement.

Operators need to contact their Contract Manager to organise the reimbursement.

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