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walking bus logoThe role of the 'conductor'

Each conductor is responsible for a carriage of children. The maximum number of children in that carriage will depend on the ratios set out in the main protocol.

  1. The conductor(s) and bus driver will be expected to take responsibility for the safety of the children in their care.  One or the other should remind the children of road safety and expected behaviour.

  2. The conductor must not encumber or distract him/herself with pushchairs, baggage or animals.  The use of a rucksack is acceptable as it allows both hands to be free to attend to the children.  An umbrella can be used if it is raining but ideally should be put away somewhere safe when not in use to allow both hands to be free again.

  3. The children should walk in pairs within their carriage unless there is a reason to walk in single file, for example, when the pavement narrows.  The conductor must be at the rear or to the rear and side of the carriage, between the children and the traffic.

  4. The driver is the first person to cross in order to obtain a better view and will assist each conductor to cross with his/her carriage, one carriage at a time, until the bus reforms ready to move on.  There are some crossing points where the driver will achieve a better view by being the last person to cross the road.

  5. When a difficult crossing has been identified in the route assessment or training, and the number of children to cross in one carriage is considered too great, then there is an exception to the routine and a driver can assist a conductor by crossing the road with a part carriage. This ensures that the children are never left alone.

  6. The conductor(s) and driver do not have the authority to stop traffic in order to cross the road.

  7. If any part of the route cannot be used due to a temporary blockage eg: road works or parked vehicles, the bus will need to divert.  Safe crossing places must be found.  The School Travel Plan (STP) Team must be notified prior to the change of route or as soon as possible after the journey is completed.

  8. Mobile phones should only be used for the business of the walking bus or in an emergency.  If a call has to be made or taken by the driver or conductor(s) then the bus must stop.

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