VIC safety warning

Commuters are being advised to take precautions to ensure safety around public transport

Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) is reminding commuters to stay safe around public transport as people return to work and school.

Acting Director Stephen Turner says all commuters must play a part in keeping the system safe by being aware of the environment around them.

"All students and workers reasonably expect to arrive at school or work and return home safely. Equally, safety on the public transport system is a shared responsibility," he says.

"There's simply no room for complacency about safety when it comes to catching public transport."

Forty three pedestrians were struck by buses and trams in 2013-14 across the state, with all the incidents resulting in either a fatality or a serious injury.

"Whether you are catching a bus or a tram, the safety principles are the same – follow the rules, don't play the fool and be aware of what's happening around you," says Turner.

"When catching a bus, don't approach the bus until it has stopped. Stand back from the kerb as the bus pulls in and make sure the bus driver can see you.

"At a tram stop, make sure you remain visible to the driver and maintain a safe distance from the tracks.

"Once you have stepped off the tram or bus, always watch out for motorists before stepping out onto the road."

Turner also says distractions around public transport can be deadly and has urged passengers to behave in a responsible manner.   

"For your own safety, avoid wearing headphones, sending text messages or playing games on a mobile phone around public transport.

"Don't let distractions compromise your safety - make sure you are focused on your journey at all times."

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