This document provides an overview of bus incident statistics for Victoria up to the end of the calendar year 2011.
The performance shown in this document should be considered against a background of increased patronage. For the metropolitan area this grew by nine per cent in the year ending September 2011 with 105.7 million trips (relative to 96.8 million trips in the year ending September 2010).
From September 2007 to September 2011 metropolitan quarterly service km is reported to have increased from 1.67 million km to 2.18 million km
The Australian Bureau of Statistics also reports an increase in bus registrations for the state of Victoria, from 16,516 in 2006 to 19,542 in 2011
Where information is available, trends are typically shown using average numbers over the preceding five years. For example, the five year moving average figure for 2007 is the average of values for the years 2002 to 2007, while the moving average figure for 2008 is the average values for the years 2003 to 2008. Several key points are shown in the 2011 bus incident statistics.
There were no passenger fatalities in 2011.
Two fatalities of members of the public occurred in relation to bus incidents.
Eighty serious injuries were reported in 2011, up from 46 in 2010.
An increase in the number of reported collisions with cars and heavy vehicles when compared with previous years.
An increase in the number of reported slip, trip and falls on and from buses was reported compared with previous years.
An increase in the number of reported bus fires, from 2 in 2010 to 11 in 2011. However, there were no injuries reported as a result of fires on buses.