Car travel

Parents and carers are responsible for a student's travel to and from school. Schools take over responsibility and duty of care for the student once they enter the school premises.

Wearing a seatbelt and using a booster seat up until the age of 7 is the law. Minimising distractions for the driver and using the footpath side door are important considerations for all passengers.

Key road safety messages for primary aged students have been developed to ensure consistent messages for children across NSW.

We encourage safe travel in all vehicles. Schools can support this with consistent passenger safety advice for students, parents and carers.

Students who are licensed drivers may drive to and from school. This is the decision of the student, their parents or carers and the owner of the vehicle.

The Department's Excursions Policy Implementation Procedures (Section 9) specifies a hired bus or coach, public transport or the school's own bus as the preferred methods of transporting students for school activities.

The Department provides answers to questions about child restraints in motor vehicles outlined in Legal Services Duty of care and behaviour management (intranet).

Transporting students in parent or carers', or other students' vehicles, should only occur when where there is no other option.

Transport to and from the activity is subject to the conditions outlined in Legal Issues Bulletin No. 8 (intranet) page 4.

Allowing students to use private vehicles to transport themselves and/or other students to and from school activities is a privilege granted by the principal and must be strictly supervised by the school. The principal can revoke this privilege at any time. If the privilege is abused, the principal must withdraw approval immediately.

Staff may transport students in a private vehicle if:

  • there's an emergency, or
  • no other option is available to transport the student(s) to a particular department activity.

Transport to and from the activity is subject to the conditions outlined in Legal Issues Bulletin No. 8 (page 4) intranet.

Staff transporting students by private vehicle must meet child protection requirements. These include:

  • another adult being present
  • other students being present
  • having students sit in the rear of the vehicle
  • advising the principal of the travel arrangements.
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