Take the bus to school this year


With the new school year having started this week, parents’ transport schedules will also be taking on the regular frenzy of dropping and picking children up from school. The GO GEORGE bus service offers a very handy and practical alternative to residents in those areas where the bus system has already been rolled out.

“We’d like to remind parents that all children from the age of 12 years may use the buses on their own, while GO GEORGE cannot take responsibility for younger children travelling without adult company. This is such a convenient and safe solution, as well as affordable, that we really want to help parents work out a way to get their kids to school by bus,” says GO GEORGE Manager, James Robb.

“The GO GEORGE Call Centre staff are equipped to handle enquiries and help prospective passengers with information about schedules and routes to plan their trips. Alternatively, passengers can download and print route maps and schedules from our website,” he advised.

“We need parents’ help, though, to educate their children to be safe around the buses, and to adhere to the rules which make a trip on the bus a pleasant experience for all passengers."

"No eating and drinking is allowed on buses – this includes chewing gum that gets stuck onto any surface just too easily – and loud music or loud talking on cell phones is unacceptable too. But more importantly, we need kids to be careful when they get off the bus and cross the road, and not to walk onto the street from behind a bus where motorists might not have seen or expected them. The rule is to cross the road at a safe crossing point, which is why our bus stops have all been positioned close to a marked crossing. Please also explain to children the dangers of running alongside a bus and trying to touch it; we find this to be a popular and very dangerous game among the youngsters,” Robb warned.

For more information on the best routes to the schools in town, phone the GO GEORGE Call Centre on 0800 044 044, send an email to [email protected] or visit www.gogeorge.org.za