New South Wales’ (NSW) third annual Bus Safety Week is underway, encouraging motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and passengers to “Be Bus Aware”.

With almost 4,000 buses operating in the Sydney metropolitan area and thousands more on the state’s regional and country roads, the initiative aims to improve safety for people in and around buses across NSW.

“From 2012 to 2016, 29 people lost their lives and 474 people were seriously injured in bus crashes on NSW roads,” said NSW Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon. “Of these 29 fatalities, 13 were pedestrians, two were cyclists, eight drivers of other vehicles, three bus passengers, one passenger of another vehicle, one bus driver and a motorcyclist.

“We are committed to moving toward zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads, which is why we need motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and passengers to pay attention and follow the road rules.”

Bus Safety Week runs until 12 November. Visit the Be Bus Aware website to find out more.