The Department of State Growth has announced that the free travel amnesty for everyone has been extended until Sunday 5th July to give passengers still using cash more time to get a free Smartcard for contactless payment. Students catching school bus services will also be able to travel for free until end of Term 2. Reducing cash transactions is one of the many ways we can work together to stay safe on board.
Further enhancements to Derwent Valley Link’s TransportMe ticketing system will be made in the coming weeks to enable access to smartcards for those passengers that do not have a smartphone or access to a computer.
O’Driscoll Coaches – Derwent Valley Link wish to advise the following information:
Travel by bus information from the COVID-19 web site.
Please take notice as the vehicles start to have more passengers on them from 25th May. We ask that if you are not from the same household to social distance anytime it is possible on all buses and please leave the seat behind all drivers passenger free.
Travel on public transport is exempt from restrictions on gatherings, so there can be more than 10 people using a form of public transport. Passengers are encouraged to keep physically distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others where possible.
Anyone feeling unwell should avoid using public transport.
For short trips, consider walking or cycling.
Travel outside peak periods where possible.
While waiting at bus stops, practice social distancing.
Adults seeking to board a bus which has a high number of passengers are asked to consider waiting for the next service where available. This request does not apply to children.
Practice good hand hygiene. If possible use hand sanitiser before and after catching the bus.
Spread out on board as much as you can. Members of the same household and family groups can sit together.
Avoid touching surfaces inside the bus whenever you can.
Please comply with any requests from your bus driver.
Contactless Bus Travel and Fare Amnesty
To minimise person-to-person contact, public bus services across the state are currently provided free of charge. This includes general access and fare-charging school buses.
A fare amnesty has been put in place until 31 May 2020 to allow all passengers time to adopt alternative payment options where available. Passengers without a smartcard should apply for one from their bus operator where available during this period and make arrangements to top up the credit on their card by electronic means.
School bus services to Government, Catholic and Independent schools are operating where the school is open to students. The continued operation of school bus services is being regularly reviewed based on Public Health advice and updates.
The number of students using school buses will increase from 25 May as primary school and colleges resume on site learning. The Department of State Growth will monitor school bus demand and consider whether any changes to bus services are needed.
Advice on school bus cleaning has been circulated to all contracted school bus operators in the state with new requirements for more regular cleaning of bus interiors.