School buses are cheaper, not safer
Looking at the number of private 15- and 30-seater mini buses operating within the city during the day, I am alarmed that so few of them conform to any safety regulations. A closer look shows children sitting in the front and playing un-strapped, drivers speeding through the small by-lanes without any caution and often whiletalking on the phone. Parents, and authorities, should call for strict measures.
Although the school authorities have no control in their operations, they should issue circulars to parents highlighting the danger of using such transport options. Appropriate labelling should be enforced on these vehicles with signage stating "Private - Student Transport vehicle" with the mobile telephone number (in big letters) of the contact person responsible and available to report any dangerous driving situations.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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