Orange colour for school buses in Ras Al Khaimah

RAS AL KHAIMAH - The Traffic and Licensing Department in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) last week ordered all private schools in the emirate to change the colour of the school buses to ‘orange’ before the next academic year.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail

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Published: Wed 19 May 2010, 12:43 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:42 PM

The move was intended to differentiate vehicles transporting school children from those used by companies to transport workers and to promote the students’ safety and security while on the roads, said Col. Nasser Al Muraddad, Director of the Traffic and Licensing Department in RAK.

He stressed that a distinctive colour of all the school buses would help reduce road accidents involving school children as it will alert other drivers on the roads to take precautionary measures and to drive carefully when they spot the school buses.

Col. Muraddad said traffic patrols have been getting into problems differentiating company and school buses.

The official has urged all schools to be cooperative and to comply with the new decision to avoid penalties.

Some schools have however said that changing the colour of the buses within the given grace period would be difficult since it is costly and the schools have not accounted for the programme in their current budgets.

They, however, asked the authorities in the RAK Education Zone and the Traffic Police to help them incur half of the cost to enable them implement the colour scheme.

Ibrahim Saad, a Palestinian expatriate whose two daughters attend a private school in RAK appreciated the new colour scheme stressing that it would improve the safety of their children.

“Our children have been transported in buses of different colours and sometimes it has been difficult for some motorists to notice that the buses are carrying school children in order to give them way. A distinctive colour for all school buses would promote the children’s safety on the roads,” said Saad.

Another parent Khalid Hassan, an Emirati, said the drivers of the school buses would also drive with extra care and discipline since they will be aware that they are being watched by all people.

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