Drug and alcohol requirements for bus operators

The Passenger Transport Act 1990 requires bus operators in NSW to ensure that their bus safety employees are not under the influence of drugs and alcohol while on duty for transport safety work. In achieving this outcome, the Act also requires operators to prepare and implement a drug and alcohol program for their bus safety employees.

A bus safety employee includes anyone who is a paid employee, a contractor, volunteer or the accredited operator when involved in:

  • Driving or operating buses, loading/disembarking passengers, or the movement of buses
  • Repairing, maintaining or upgrading buses, bus terminals or bus maintenance facilities
  • Developing, managing or monitoring safe working systems for bus services

The requirements for drug and alcohol programs are set out in the Guidelines relating to Drug and Alcohol Programs for Bus Operators.

A Handbook - A Drug and Alcohol Handbook for Bus Operators and Guide - Developing Drug and Alcohol Programs - have been designed to assist accredited bus operators to develop and implement a drug and alcohol program that meets these requirements.

The Handbook also assists bus operators in meeting the requirements of the Passenger Transport (Drug and Alcohol) Testing Regulation 2010, which provides for:

  • The procedures for testing safety employees for alcohol and drugs and obtaining samples of blood and urine for that purpose
  • The use of positive tests in determining whether a bus driver is a fit and proper person to hold an authority to drive a bus
  • The requirement that bus operators use the Drug and Alcohol Test Notification Form to notify Roads and Maritime Services of positive test results and certain other matters
  • The authorisation of persons as test supervisors by bus operators
  • Offences relating to the use of alcohol and drugs by safety employees, failing to undergo testing or to provide a sample, failing to conduct a test or take a sample, interfering with test results, hindering or obstructing a person taking a sample and interfering or tampering with or destroying a sample.

If you require any further information please phone (02) 6732 9101 or email schemereview@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Drug and Alcohol Testing - Test Notification Form

Guidelines Relating to Drug and Alcohol Programs for Bus Operators

Developing Drug and Alcohol Programs

A guide for the NSW Bus and Coach Industry

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