Transport Minister Andrew Constance issues plea to parents to drive kids to and from school

Bus ban: Parents have been urged to drive their children to and from school.
Bus ban: Parents have been urged to drive their children to and from school.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has asked parents to drive children to and from school as part of the state government's plan to continue social distancing on public transport.

The government unveiled its new plan today for a safe public transport system during COVID-19, which will see passenger numbers slashed.

Distinctive green dots will be used on trains, buses and ferries to show passengers the safest places to sit and stand. If there are no safe seats available, passengers will need to wait for the next service.

This will reduce capacity to 12 passengers on buses and 32 per train carriage.

While school students will be given 'priority access' to public transport, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said parents should drive their children to and from school if they don't catch a specialised school bus, which like schools, do not require social distancing measures.

"Ideally, we would like parents to obviously drop their kids off to school through cars," he said.

The majority of NSW public school students began returning to classrooms last week, with most attending for just one day of supervised online learning and not face-to-face teaching.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wants all students to return to school by the end of May.