Using the buses for school
Applications for the student puffinpass can be done at any time, please visit the Town Terminus for a form. Also, if you are yet to change to a SENIOR pass, just show the customer service staff your letter or email of acceptance to stay in full time school education beyond GCSEs or their equivalent.
Student puffinpass will be required for any free travel from September 2020. The States of Guernsey will only permit free travel for school children on public buses and school buses with a student puffinpass. Previously, students could travel for free without a student puffinpass if they were in school uniform travelling to or from school.
From September 2020 free travel can only be granted to those school children using a student puffinpass. Student puffinpasses have been available since 2015, the card is free and nearly all students already use the card.
Those who may not have a card are asked to fill out an application form. Those who may have lost their puffinpass can get a replacement from the Town Terminus Shop for £2.50. Completed application forms are to be taken to the Town Terminus Shop. If you do not have a passport sized photograph one can be taken at the Town Terminus Shop. Most cards can be prepared at the Town Terminus Shop as soon as the application form is given in. If not, please return to the Town Terminus Shop in a one or two days to collect the printed card. The Town Terminus Shop is open from 8am – 5:45pm Monday to Saturday and also from 10am-4pm Sunday.
A student puffinpass can only be used by the named person, where an attempt is made to travel by someone different the card will be stopped. A puffinpass must not be defaced in any way. A student puffinpass is not permitted for travel past 9.45pm or for non-standard journeys.
Dedicated school buses carry only students. Teachers and school staff are not permitted to travel on these buses, unless arrangement has been made with both the head teacher and CT Plus, for example a school trip.
Regular service buses may be used by students. Along with young people, these buses will be carrying commuters and other adult passengers. It is important that those waiting at a stop make it clear they wish to catch the service bus. Being visible, looking at the bus and raising a hand will let the driver know to pull out of the main line of traffic.
When alighting from the bus you must never cross in front of the bus to get to the other side of the road as you may not be seen by other traffic. Wait until the bus has moved away and the road is clear before crossing.
Several schools have taken travel training to ensure confidence and independence while using the buses. Please let us know if your school would like to also benefit from the scheme. For more information about school buses contact CT Plus at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01481) 700456.