Why are you reviewing and consulting on Victoria's Bus Safety Regulations?

    The Bus Safety Regulations 2020 are needed to replace the Bus Safety Regulations 2010 which are due to expire on 12 October 2020.

    Will the new regulations simplify incident reporting?

    Currently, all bus operators must verbally notify the Safety Director of Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) of any prescribed incidents immediately, followed by notification in writing within three days. 

    It is proposed to clarify and simplify incident reporting, so that some more minor categories of incidents do not need to be notified to the Safety Director immediately. 

    The regulations will also allow some incident types to be reported monthly.

    This will reduce red tape on bus operators by consolidating reporting and reducing the number of notifications required. 

    Are vehicle inspections changing in the new regulations?

    Currently, all buses used to provide a bus service must be inspected annually by a licenced bus tester (LBT) to ensure they are roadworthy and compliant with the Bus Safety Regulations.

    It is proposed to introduce a risk-based inspections regime to improve bus vehicle safety. 

    Bus operators will continue to be required to have vehicles inspected for roadworthiness annually, but, if Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) considers it necessary for safety, TSV can require operators to have their vehicles inspected by a LBT more frequently.

    What changes are planned for bus vehicles signage and number plates?

    Currently, all accredited bus operators are required to have a special number plate on each of the operator’s buses. 

    DoT is proposing that special bus number plates no longer be mandatory. Bus operators will have the option of continuing to use those number plates.

    It is proposed to improve information provided to the public and the regulator by way of a signage requirement being applied to all bus operators. 

    DoT is recommending that bus operators display the accreditation or registration number of the operator on all buses they operate. This will improve Transport Safety Victoria’s (TSV’s) compliance monitoring and enforcement activities.

    Will the regulations improve record keeping?

    Yes, accredited operators will continue to be required to keep certain records in relation to the operations and safety of their bus services. 

    It is proposed that registered operators be required to keep some records in relation to evidence of bus vehicle inspections and rectification of defects. 

    It is also proposed that all bus operators keep records of each bus (registration number, VIN, and seating capacity).

    These regulations will improve Transport Safety Victoria’s (TSV) access to information and enable more efficient and effective compliance monitoring and enforcement.

    How will the changes improve bus standards?

    There are additional standards prescribed in the regulations that apply to all buses and buses manufactured prior to 1988.

    Buses will continue to be required to comply with all applicable vehicle standards.

    Some requirements which are already in other national vehicle standards have been removed from the Regulations to avoid duplication.

    How will the new regulations impact bus operators use of Safety Management Systems?

    Currently, accredited operators are required to have both a Management Information System and Maintenance Management System in place.

    It is proposed to ensure greater transparency of these systems by prescribing the requirements of the two systems in the regulations.

    No substantive changes are proposed to these safety management systems.

    How can I provide feedback and by when?

    Feedback can be provided by completing a submission form available from this website.

    Feedback is open from 16 July until 13 August 2020.