New rules for school buses to ensure safety

ABU DHABI - Stricter rules would be enforced by the Abu Dhabi Education Zone (ADEZ) to ensure the safety of students while being transported in school buses from home to school and back, a source at the ADEZ said on Thursday.

By (By Adel Arafah)

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Published: Sat 16 Aug 2008, 1:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:05 PM

The soon-to-be-announced regulations would be applicable to all buses deployed by government and private schools in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia (Western Region).

Under the fresh regulations, the school managements would be expected to put in place a system wherein the boarding and disembarking of the students would be monitored by both the driver and the supervisor, the official said.

The supervisor would be responsible for maintaining a record of students boarding and disembarking from the bus.

The drivers, too, would be expected to take all precautions for the safety of the students.

Besides, the driver and the bus supervisor, a third person would be assigned by the school managements to ensure the smooth movement of buses in the school area as well as to make sure that no student is left behind in the bus.

The supervisor would maintain a daily record of students' names with signatures indicating that they have been handed over to their parents safely.

The record sheet would have to be delivered to the school at the end of the day. Khaleej Times has learnt that schools would be asked to install seat belts for the safety of students, and video cameras for the driver and supervisor to keep an eye on the students.

There is also a move to introduce school buses with speed-limit devices.

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