Safety is our first priority at BC Transit.
We have been moving people safely in BC communities for over 100 years. BC Transit's
extensive safety program includes regulations and practical tips to keep you
and BC Transit employees safe.
BC Transit's safety and security practices uphold the British Columbia Transit
Act and the Motor Vehicle Act.
Columbia Transit Act, Transit Conduct and Safety Regulation
This Act covers issues such as driver assaults, fare evasion, vandalism, carrying
of weapons, and dangerous or prohibited goods, including open alcohol. Violations
are subject to fines
or criminal charges
Motor Vehicle Act
This Act includes the requirement for vehicles to yield to BC Transit buses
and other rules of operation.
- Wait on the sidewalk by the bus stop sign, away from the road.
- Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door opens all the way
- Never run after or hit the bus when it is moving.
- Customers may board only at designated bus stops. Please do not put your
safety at risk trying to board a bus that is in mid-traffic. While in traffic,
your transit driver cannot safely let you on or off the bus.
- The Bus is a Safe Place: Transit drivers can contact local police, ambulance
and other emergency services. Transit drivers are also trained to assist a
child or adult in need. Tell the driver if you are concerned about your safety.
- If you have difficulty boarding, please tell your transit driver that you
need time to get to the first available seat.
- You may have questions for your driver about transit service. Please remember
that safety is our main concern and lengthy conversations can distract the
- Always use handrails and stanchions.
- When the bus is crowded, please move to the back of the bus so that the
driver's visibility isn't blocked by passengers.
- Please do not stand in the doorways. This is for your safety and so customers
can quickly enter and exit the bus.
- Be safe and be seen. When the sun sets, it becomes difficult for transit
drivers to see you at bus stops, especially along unlit roads. Wear light
coloured clothing, wear a reflective strip or use a flashlight or the light
from your mobile phone to signal the driver that you are at the stop.
- Keep your personal items under your control at all times.
- Hold on to all parcels, luggage and sporting equipment when on the bus.
- Request a Stop: Customers who feel that their personal safety is at risk
can ask their driver to stop between regular bus stops. Ask your transit driver
at least one bus stop ahead of where you wish to get off. You will be let
off at a safe location closest to your request. Please contact your local
transit system for details.
- Check to be sure you have all your belongings with you - and don't forget
your bike if you used the bike rack!
- Be careful when stepping onto the curb or street.
- To cross the street, go to the nearest crosswalk or corner and wait for
the bus to leave.
- Always be alert.
- Be aware of your surroundings and those around you. It is easy to tune everything
out while on your phone or listening to music.
- Plan your journey in advance. Know where you are going and which bus you
- Check the bus schedule so you're aware of the last scheduled bus.
- Have your ticket, pass or change ready in your hand so that your purse or
wallet is out of sight.
- Keep your bag zipped and your valuables secure.
- If you feel concerned about your safety on the bus, sit near the front or
inform the driver.
- Wait for a bus in a well-lit area.
- If you find a sharp object on the bus, do not handle it - notify the driver.
The transit driver may turn some interior lights off when the bus is in motion
to ensure the driver's visibility.
Poor weather conditions
Rain, ice and snow present challenges in our bus zones. Take extra precaution
when entering and exiting the bus. Due to road conditions, buses may not be
able to pull right into the curb. In extreme weather conditions please check
with your local transit website to verify service is operating, particularly
on routes that may have steep or mountainous sections.
Instructions from BC Transit staff
For your safety and all those on board, please follow all instructions from
At the scene of an incident
If you witness an incident or accident, please leave your contact information
with the driver prior to leaving the bus.