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The code outlines children and young people’s responsibility to behave responsibly and safely whilst travelling to and from school or college.
This guidance is issued under section 15 of the Learner Travel (Wales) Measure 2008. It contains statutory guidance on the Travel Behaviour Code.
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Appropriate behaviour when travelling from home to school or college is important. The Travel behaviour Code (The Code) aims to promote positive behaviour and improve learners’ safety.

What is the Travel Code?

The Travel Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of children and young people travelling to and from their place of learning. It applies to all learners up to 19 years of age and all modes of transport, including bus, train, walking and cycling. It aims to encourage positive behaviour and improve safety of all learners travelling to and from their place of learning.

When did theTravel Code come into force?

The Travel Code came into force in January 2010.

Make every journey a good one-  Stick to the Travel Code

The Travel Code encourages learners to make every journey a good one and to stick to the Travel Code.   Learners are also encouraged to ‘Tell a teacher, driver or parent’ about any bad behaviour they see when travelling from home to school.  Learners should take responsibility for their own behaviour, leading to a safer school transport experience.

To learn more about the Travel Code visit the Travel Code interactive website (external link) where you can enter competitions, play games and download teaching resources.

Transport operators and drivers

Transport operators and drivers should be familiar with the Travel Code and the procedure to follow if a learner misbehaves. They have a responsibility to report any incidents of poor, disruptive or unsafe behaviour to local authorities and/or schools.

Some important points to note in the guidance to be aware of are:

  • Operators and drivers should co-operate fully with local authorities and education institutions in respect of the Travel Code.
  • Operators and drivers should ensure incidents are reported to the designated person in the relevant local authority.
  • Operators and/or drivers should report suspected criminal offences or child protection matters to the relevant authority.
  • Operators and/or drivers should report suspected criminal offences or child protection matters to the relevant authority.