ORGANISERS COACH SAFETY CARD.
this card and ensure your Group Organiser(s) understand
- Recommended supervision levels are:-
1 Adult for every 6 pupils in years 1 to 3 (under
1 Adult for every 10-15 pupils in years 4 to 6 (8 to 10
1 Adult for every 15-20 pupils in years 7 onwards (11 year olds
Getting on and off the coach - Liase with
your driver at all times before boarding the vehicle. Supervise
boarding and alighting and make sure pupils do not rush to
board. Send two supervisors to cover the emergency exits first.
Do not leave children onboard alone, especially when the driver
is not onboard.
Get everyone to sit down quickly and quietly. Alighting is best
organised a row at a time, starting at the front. This
procedure will actually save time!
sit - Supervisors should sit around
the coach (not all together in a group) preferably with one
person close to an emergency exit.
- Make sure you know where the emergency exits are
located - some coaches have a 'break glass' system -
identify where the safety hammers are located. Drivers
will/should brief you before departure.
A tidy coach
is a safe coach - Please keep the coach clean,
please remember to bring some bin-bags along. Items such as
empty glass bottles can be dangerous, especially when rolling
around a coach. Other rubbish (and not just banana skins) can
be a potential hazard. Chewing gum can cause particular
problems on upholstery. If you know some pupils are prone to
travel sickness put them in the centre of the coach, where
there is less movement, and bring some sick bags!
- In the unlikely event of a breakdown, especially
on a busy road or motorway, think about whether to agree with
the driver that you will take the pupils off the coach or else
move the children from the back end to the front end (to avoid
any risks from a rear end collision). Ultimately, this is the
driver's responsibility, but if the pupils are going to be safe
on the side of a busy road you need to prevent them from
running around and endangering their safety.
- We want everyone to enjoy their trip, but
remember the company and the driver have your comfort and
safety in mind. Avoid the use of cameras with flashes -
this can distract the driver. Try and avoid pupils bringing
balloons onto the coach - again an exploding balloon can
distract the driver's attention. Loud singing and the playing
of musical instruments should also be avoided!
belts - Make sure the pupils remain seated and
securely fastened in their seat belts. They should only undo
their seat belt if they have to get out of their seat to use a
facility such as a toilet on the coach. New legislation (May
2006) makes the wearing of seat belts on a moving coach
stops - Pre-plan toilet/ refreshment stops
with the driver. The pupils and driver should have a break
about every two hours - Advise the pupils about
drinks/toilet stops, especially if there isn't a toilet on the
coach. Make sure the driver is aware of any special
requirements for any of the pupils.
Which is our
coach? - Identify the coach by some
easily identifiable means - if there are several coaches
on a trip, ensure there is a numbering system - new
registration plates are not particularly identifiable. This is
particularly important where there are large coach parks, such
as at service areas, theme parks and other large
- Be sure to complete one of our 'Aftersales Forms'
off the driver. We like to measure your satisfaction and we can
make improvements to our service so your next experience is
We wish all passengers a safe and pleasant