Bus safety regulation and investigation

Bus Safety Victoria's compliance and enforcement activities are carried out to promote continuous improvement in bus safety.

We do this by targeting specific, identified safety problems to reduce incidents resulting in death and serious injury. Accordingly, compliance and enforcement activities are driven by the public interest in safe bus transport in Victoria and are aimed at maximising:

  1. Duty-holders' understanding of their legislative obligations
  2. Duty-holders' voluntary and consistent compliance with these obligations
  3. A positive safety culture across the bus sector.

To minimise regulatory burden while maximising public value for regulatory resources we take a graduated approach of compliance and enforcement. This is guided by our Regulatory Approach Policy.

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In many cases, this means providing information, guidance and education in the first instance. This approach also recognises that in many cases, the use of one tool will not, on its own, achieve the desired outcome.

Compliance and enforcement activities are undertaken by bus safety compliance officers (BSCOs). They are supported by other staff who undertake compliance activities.

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