The National Road Safety Authority has in a statement indicated that it has observed how some buses providing transport services for primary schools across the country are not fit for purpose.
The authority indicated that some of these buses are not in good shape and also do not comply with road traffic regulations, which makes the children both onboard and as pedestrians on their way to school highly prone to road accidents.
Citing Road Traffic Regulations 156 of L.I 2180, the authority says it has observed that some of these shuttles are over loaded on the regular.
“Contrary to Regulation 156 of L.I.2180, we have observed that some school buses are often overloaded. The drivers also stop at unsafe areas to pick up the children. At the same time, many buses have no adult supervisors on board……”NRSA, Jan 13, 2021
In view of this, the authority as part of its mandate has directed three measures to basic schools to provide shuttle service to ensure that vehicles are fit for purpose, assign a responsible adult for supervision and proper conduct on the bus and a collaboration between schools, local authorities and PTAs to designate traffic wardens.
The statement also directs all schools affected by the measures to submit relevant information and details about their driver, assigned vehicles and nominated traffic warden to the web link https://tinyurl.com/alertforschoolbuses before or on February 28, 2022 else face sanctions.