Bus Safety Investigations

The NSW Passenger Transport Acts 2014 and 1990 allow OTSI to investigate any safety occurrence involving a bus, with a seating capacity of more than 8 adults, that is involved in providing a public passenger service.

An investigation may be initiated by the Chief Investigator or the NSW Minister of Transport and Roads as the result of a safety occurrence or following the identification of an adverse safety trend.

The purpose of an OTSI investigation is to identify why an accident or incident occurred and to make recommendations to prevent recurrence. OTSI Investigation reports are tabled by the NSW Minister for Transport and Roads in both houses of the NSW Parliament and are also published on OTSI's website.

The nature of OTSI investigations is different to those carried out by safety regulators and enforcement agencies. OTSI applies a 'no blame' approach where the primary purpose is to identify the contributory factors that lead to a safety occurrence, rather than apportion blame or liability. If it is identified that the safety occurrence was the result of a malicious act, then the matter may be referred to the relevant  authority or Police.

Bus Safety Investigation Reports

Articulated bus destroyed by fire
Incident Date
2021-01-11
Incident Location
Glebe
Investigation Status
In Progress
Report Status
Pending Approval
Mode
Bus
Driver Incapacitation
Incident Date
2021-01-04
Incident Location
Cordeaux Heights
Investigation Status
In Progress
Report Status
Pending Approval
Mode
Bus
Bus Fire Summary 2020
Incident Date
2020-12-31
Incident Location
NSW
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Bus
Pedestrian Fatality
Incident Date
2020-12-16
Incident Location
Bondi Junction
Investigation Status
In Progress
Report Status
Pending Approval
Mode
Bus
Pedestrian Fatality
Incident Date
2020-07-01
Incident Location
Ulladulla
Investigation Status
Completed
Report Status
Published
Mode
Bus