With children heading back to school next week, parents are reminded to check the ACTION bus timetable to organise their children’s journey to and from school.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services, Meegan Fitzharris, said many children will be catching a bus for the first time, so it’s a great idea to get organised before the back-to-school madness hits.
“After a long holiday break, and with some children preparing to catch a bus to school for the first time, parents are encouraged to check the ACTION website for changes to school bus routes, timetables and fares to ensure their children are ready for the term ahead,” Minister Fitzharris said.
“Parents should also remember to check their child’s MyWay card balance and top up if required. MyWay cards can be topped up automatically using the handy autoload service, online, over the phone via the ACTION information line (13 17 10), or at any MyWay recharge agent.
“New MyWay cards can also be purchased online or at your nearest MyWay Recharge Agent. It is important to remember to go online and register your card to protect the balance if lost or stolen.
“As a mum with school-age kids, I understand how important it is for parents to know that their child is travelling safely to school. Safety is also top priority for the team at ACTION and their website provides some helpful tips for all passengers to use when both on and off the bus.
“A few simple safety tips to remember include:
- When waiting for your bus to arrive make sure you stand back from the kerb.
- Once it stops enter the bus in a single file. The bus should also be exited in a single file.
- Do not cross the road until the bus has gone.
Particularly for new students, it’s important to familiarise yourself and your child with the bus route and identify stops closest to your home so they know where the bus will pick up from in the morning and where to get off at the end of the day,” said Minister Fitzharris.
Visit www.action.act.gov.au/school_services for more information on school bus services.