Welcome to the Transport for Greater Manchester Yellow School Bus Website
Yellow School Buses are a great way for your child to travel to school. They have been a big success throughout Greater Manchester since they were first introduced in 2003, providing children and their parents with a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to the school run.
This website tells you all you need to know about the region's Yellow School Buses - what they are, where they are and how to apply for a place on the bus.
Yellow School Buses are easy to spot, alerting road users that children will be boarding and alighting.
Children sit in the same seat every day and no one stands up on these services. All the seats are fitted with three point safety belts. Using the same seat also helps prevent vandalism and litter.
Each service has a regular driver, allowing the driver to recognise registered users therefore reducing behaviour problems. All drivers are specially trained in customer care and disability awareness.
Handy pick-up points
Pick-up and drop off points for children are usually close to home. They may not always be at bus stops, but will be convenient for the child. They will always be in a safe place to wait and board, and an appropriate place for the vehicle to stop. Details of all routes and timetables are available from the routes page on this website.
All Yellow School Buses have interior and exterior CCTV video recorders for passenger safety and monitoring. Recordings will only be used to investigate incidents or for training in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Behaviour on the buses
It is essential and expected that all journeys be undertaken in a safe and comfortable manner and any misbehaviour will not be tolerated. Misconduct could mean your child is not allowed to use the bus again. If criminal behaviour takes place the Police will be involved. Parents or guardians of any children found responsible for damage to the bus will have to pay for repairs.
Dangerous and potentially dangerous behaviour towards other children or the driver is not tolerated.
Yellow School Bus services can only work successfully if everyone involved works together. This includes:
The driver, who is responsible for the safety of children on the bus
The bus company (which provides the services on Transport for Greater Manchester's behalf) employs the driver and maintains the vehicles
The children, who use the service
Parents or guardians, who are responsible for their child's actions
Transport for Greater Manchester who fund the service and provide the vehicle
To do this everyone should follow the Yellow School Bus code of practice.