RTA's DTC introduces COVID-19 measures on school transport

School buses have been fitted with hi-tech devices for monitoring, including cameras, sensors, and GPS and RFID systems

RTA's DTC introduces COVID-19 measures on school transport
RTA / Dubai Media Office
RTA's DTC introduces COVID-19 measures on school transport

RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) has introduced a set of precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in its school transport service as the new school year begins.

School buses will be sanitised on schedule before and after the students embark and disembark from the buses.

The total number of students permitted on board each bus will be reduced to 50% of the total bus capacity, and all the students will have their temperature scanned before boarding the bus.

The move echoes the directives of the Dubai’s leaders to provide students with a healthy and safe environment par excellence.

Commenting on the measures, the director of operations and commercial affairs at the Dubai Taxi Corporation, Marwan Al Zarooni, said: “The precautionary measures aim to revive the confidence of parents in our school transport services. The Dubai Taxi Corporation has taken extensive safety measures to protect students against the risks of catching COVID-19.”

DTC’s school transport service has 18,608 registered students who are served by a fleet of more than 400 smart buses. More than 21 schools in Dubai have signed up with DTC.

Al Zarooni added: “Such numbers reflect the high satisfaction of clients with our excellent mobility services. The success of the services is also attributable to the hand-picked 408 drivers hired for the school transport service who were trained on the skills of driving smart buses.

“About 129 lady attendants were also employed and trained in caring for students of various age groups. They have also attended training on the handling of emergencies, and were certified by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services on First Aid and other disciplines to ensure the provision of exceptional service to students.”

The school buses are fitted with hi-tech devices for monitoring and tracking both buses and students, and accordingly improve the security and safety of the service.

Devices include cameras and sensors to ensure no student is left behind in the bus, emergency buttons to communicate with the control centre, GPS-based electronic tracking system, Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) system, and engine self-extinguishing system.

“DTC will do whatever it takes to be the first choice when it comes to the smart school transport services for students of schools and universities in Dubai. The improvements of the school transport service concur with key strategic goals of the DTC, namely People Happiness and Excellent Operation,” he concluded.

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