COVID-19 Update Jan 2022

O’Driscoll Coaches – Derwent Valley Link wish to advise the following information:

Public Health has advised that all passengers over the age of 12 years of age must wear a face mask when travelling on public transport services.

Travel by bus information from the COVID-19 web site.

Please take notice as the vehicles now have more passengers on them 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 is no limit on 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.

Using Buses

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

Passengers without a smartcard should apply for one from their bus operator where available and make arrangements to top up the credit on their card by electronic means. O’Driscoll Coaches General Access buses also accept Tap & Go touchless payment for credit and debit cards.

School Bus Arrangements

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 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.

Further information can be found at