WHILE BUSES ARE THE SAFEST FORM OF ROAD TRANSPORT, BUS ACCIDENTS STILL CLAIM LIVES EVERY YEAR IN PRACTICALLY EVERY COUNTRY, CALLING FOR GREATER MANAGEMENT OF OCCUPANT SAFETY.

Today, new seatbelt safety systems and alerts aimed at increasing occupant safety can significantly reduce death or injury caused by bus accidents.

In 2020, 13 Australians died in bus accidents. This was a significant decrease over the previous 12 months (38.1% lower) and three years (24.4 % lower), likely because of various lockdowns as a result of Covid-19. The 10 year average from 2010 to 2020 has seen 22 people a year die in bus crashes – nearly 2 a month. Accidents related to mining buses are also a concern. In 2018, a minibus rollover injured contractors travelling from Cook Colliery to BMA Blackwater in Queensland.

Across the ditch, New Zealand has had a spate of bus accidents over the last decade:

  • In 2014, an Australian student and teacher were killed and several others injured in a bus crash near Rotorua;
  • In 2019, five Chinese tourists were killed in a bus crash also near Rotorua;
  • And in 2020, 20 Chinese tourists were injured and two airlifted to hospital, after a bus crash near Queenstown.