New Jersey Department of Education

Office of School Bus Safety

Advancing the safety of student transportation in New Jersey 

The Office of School Bus Safety is committed to advancing the safety of student transportation in New Jersey through dedicated educational, compliance, and enforcement efforts. Our mission is to safeguard every student's journey, upholding the highest standards of safety in school transportation services.

Promoting Safety Through Education, Compliance, and Enforcement

The safest way to transport children to and from school is by school bus. In fact, students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a school bus instead of traveling by car.” (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA)

The most dangerous aspect of school buses is loading and unloading. Unfortunately, some motorists fail to follow the rules by driving around the school bus and ignoring the flashing lights. This puts students in grave danger.

Most school bus-related accidents occur within a 10-foot radius around the bus, where the driver has limited visibility. This area is called the "danger zone." It extends to 30 feet in front of the bus. To avoid accidents, teach your child to use caution when getting on or off the bus and always to stay out of the danger zone.(New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission - NJMVC)

Take Action to Improve School Bus Safety


The Office of School Bus Safety hosts educational training throughout the State of New Jersey to provide information to key stakeholders such as parents, school districts, bus contractors, and more. Additional training is provided to new and existing school bus companies.  


The Office of School Bus Safety will hold school bus companies and school districts accountable to New Jersey laws, statutes, and safety standards. The office reviews current statutes, training procedures, and various documents for updates and the need for new information.


The Office of School Bus Safety has established partnerships to develop a force multiplier system across the State of New Jersey.  

Technical Assistance

The Office of School Bus Safety provides technical support as needed. For questions, submitting reports, or all other inquiries please send an email to

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