Queensland Transport service providers such as Young’s Bus Service sometimes receive complaints by parents claiming we left their child behind at a bus stop. The media hasn’t done our industry any favours by referring to a “No child left behind policy”. The reality is, there is no such policy. In fact, it is an offence to travel on public transport without paying a fare and for school students, it’s a breach of the code of conduct Section 7.3 Fare evasion – Code of Conduct for School Students Travelling on Buses
In April 2017, an article by The Courier Mail revealed “TransLink receives more than 1000 complaints about failure to pick up children, vulnerable passengers” from the Southeast since the 2014 financial year. The problem is, too many people are rorting the system. One source has revealed “Too many students are blatantly dodging bus fares under a system that was introduced to keep kids safe.” Former Transport Minister Scott Emerson has said “If banned students still attempt to travel and are turned away, it indicates a lack of responsibility on the part of the parents or guardians.”
The solution to this problem is very simple. Parents/Guardians, remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is responsible, confident and equipped to travel to and from school on a bus.
For more information visit our School Transport Services page here