Guidelines & Advisories

Bus Fire Evacuation Protocol

This Advisory was developed as part of a safety project funded by the federal government through the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative Funding Agreement, administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR). The lead entity in delivering this project was the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC), overseen by a Working Committee and by representatives from the NHVR.The objective of the Advisory is to assist bus and coach operators in the delivery of tangible improvements in heavy vehicle safety with the adoption of a bus fire evacuation protocol including associated training packages that can be used to train bus drivers on how to

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Tyre Operations & Maintenance – Industry Advisory

This Advisory was developed by the bus and coach industry in order to assist bus operators in the adoption of appropriate policies and procedures relating to the safe operation, maintenance and management of bus tyres.The Advisory contains critical information and practical guidelines in the following key areas: understanding the specification of a tyre and its components compliance Regulations for tyres and effects of increased mass limits tyre retreading requirements and the process tyre fleet costs and buy or lease options reducing full life cost of tyres maintenance guidelines. Download the Advisory Download

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Health and Well-being Awareness Guide

This Guide is for all employers interested in promoting health and wellbeing in their employees to encourage a more productive and active workforce. This is an industry specific Awareness Guide. Download the Guide Download

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National IR & Workplace Health & Safety Guide

This Guide has been edited by Australian Public Transport Industrial Association (APTIA). APTIA is the industrial arm of the BIC. This guide is a one-stop document for Bus & Coach Operators on matters relating to:• Casual Employment• Employment Contract (Fair Work Act)• Employment Rights• Work Health & Safety• Policy templates (such as: bullying/harrassment, drug & alcohol, gender equality, record keeping, etc.)• Health & Wellbeing of the workforce” Download the Guide Download

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Fire Mitigation Advisory – Industry Advisory

Fire mitigation on buses is seen as a key safety issue for bus operators and drivers, bus suppliers and manufacturers, bus passengers and government agencies at all levels.Currently every week in Australia at least one bus experiences a potentially fatal fire incident. The potential for a fatal bus firein Australia does exist, especially for buses operating in high density urban environments or in traffic tunnels.This Advisory has been developed as part of a joint project undertaken by the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) and the Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia transport authorities, to capture in one document the key

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Accessible Transport Standards – Operator Guidelines

Comprehensive guidelines on the Accessible Transport Standards under the Disability Discrimination Act. This guide covers critical legislation, definitions, compliance time frames and how to achieve the compliance and techniques for communicating with people with disabilities. Download the Guideline Download

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Door Safety Advisory – Industry Advisory

This Industry Advisory is a guideline on how to adopt and maintain proven successful door safety systems used by the bus and coach industry to ensure safe work practices by drivers and to ensure the safety of passengers. Download the Advisory Download

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Incident Management Guide – Operator Guidelines

The purpose of this guide is to provide specific guidelines on managing incidents to minimise the direct impact on staff and passengers (and indirect impact on family, friends and community). Bus and coach operators will learn how to minimise business risk, disruption and loss and ensure that services are provided in line with community expectations, duty of care and occupational health and safety requirements. Download the Guideline Download

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Environment Management System Guideline

“The purpose of this manual is to provide bus and coach businesses with a step by step guide to environmentally responsible management of their daily operations. The manual has been designed for bus and coach operations of all sizes, including owner-drivers or single vehicle operations.This Guideline aims to:• outline general environmental responsibilities• provide advice on getting started• detail how to develop an Environmental Management System (EMS)• help organisations to incorporate environmentally sensitive practices into existing maintenance regimes and business practices.” Download the Guideline Download

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