School bus safety in Abu Dhabi is a priority

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    By   www.thenational.ae

    ABU DHABI // Road-safety experts have spelt out the responsibilities carried by schools, and bus companies and drivers to keep their young passengers safe.

    Emirates Transport is one of the partners in the school safety campaign. The company provides more than 2,000 buses in Abu Dhabi. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National
    Emirates Transport is one of the partners in the school safety campaign. The company provides more than 2,000 buses in Abu Dhabi. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

    They say companies must ensure their drivers are well versed in road safety and understand and obey the traffic rules, experts say.

    And schools and transport providers should make sure buses are not overloaded and are well-maintained.

    “Driver training and licensing should be of high standard,” said Dino Kalivas, chairman of driver education and training at the International Road Federation.

    “Bus drivers should be well-regulated and ensure that the laws are enforced.”

    School bus drivers should also assess their own driving and always look to improve their skills, said Glenn Havinoviski, a transport expert in Abu Dhabi.

    “Speeding is an occasional issue that I see on the roads,” Mr Havinoviski said.

    “Very often on their breaks, school bus drivers simply park on the side of the road, their flashers on and the stop sign extended from the bus as though they are picking up children.

    “If this happens often enough, other drivers will ignore the indicators because they know the driver is not picking up children.” More info