School bus safety initiative launched in UAE

UAE motorists lack education when it comes to dealing with school buses, according to RoadSafetyUAE

RoadSafetyUAE is calling for UAE motorists to exercise greater caution when driving in the vicinity of schools and school buses.
RoadSafetyUAE is calling for UAE motorists to exercise greater caution when driving in the vicinity of schools and school buses.

Higher levels of education are needed for UAE motorists when it comes to dealing with school buses, according to RoadSafetyUAE.

As children across the Emirates return to the classroom, the campaign group has launched an initiative to raise awareness of the potential dangers that can arise from ignoring school buses’ safety features.

The scheme also encourages parents to exercise greater time management, and to avoid taking and collecting their children during schools’ busiest hours.

The scheme also encourages parents to exercise better time management, and to avoid taking their children to – and collecting them from – school at peak times.

Commenting on the ‘back to school’ initiative, Thomas Edelmann, founder and managing director of RoadSafetyUAE, said: “Road safety is of strategic importance to the education sector. We want to transport our kids safely to and from school, but we also want them to be properly educated about road safety at school, in order for our kids to be able to protect themselves and to nurture the next generation of responsible traffic participants.

“Parents and students should display proper time management by arriving at school well before it starts, and by collecting kids a little while after the end of school to avoid peak-time congestion. Parents should lead by example and teach their kids about safe conduct,” he added.

RoadSafetyUAE stated that in addition to peak-time congestion, some UAE motorists ignore the safety features installed on school buses. A press release issued by the organisation pointed out: “Despite the fact that school buses are equipped with stop signs and warning lights, which get deployed when [they] stop to allow students to embark or disembark, many motorists ignore those [safety features], resulting in dangerous situations.”

The group is working with German automaker, Mercedes-Benz, to provide safe conduct guidelines for school bus interaction.

Thomas Greipel, director of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “School buses are the main transport medium for the students, and it is crucial that the school authorities and parents give adequate importance to the wellbeing and safety of the children in buses.”

A full list of tips and tricks concerning road safety in the vicinity of schools and school buses is available via RoadSafetyUAE’s online portal.

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