DGT HAS INCREASED THE VIGILANCE OF SCHOOL BUS SERVICE THIS WEEK
Since today until Friday, the 8th of February, the vehicles that are doing the school bus service will be guarded by the representatives of Traffic Association of Guardia Civil, due to the road safety campaings that are made every year from the DGT in order to prevent accidents in this means os transport.
During this five days, the representatieves will increase the inspections, checking the permissions and the documents the vehicles need to have are the corrects one to do the service. In the same sense, the representatives will verify the technical requirements and the vehicle’s security elements that the law required, and the ones that the driver needs to have, such as the driving licence, driving times and breaks.
The security is one of the priority in this means of transport and the quantity of accident rates reflect that this is a secure sector, even if it is compared with the deceased people on trips – km rounded.
Acording to The General Secretary for Transport of the Ministery of Development, minor’s secure mobility is one of the priorities os the Organism, as about 630.000 students use the school bus service every day. With this type of campaings it is wanted to remember parents that they can ask to the school centre or to the Parents Association all the regulations required for the service.
As it is common in this campaings, villages have been invited to join them, as well as the surveillance becomes urban and interurban.
Since CONFEBUS the advantages offered by the school bus service are underlained, on road security, mobility and sustability. Travelling by bus is 21 times more secure than travelling by car, injured people statistics; and 24 times more secure when deceased people statistics. Some data that are still safer in school transport, due to the demanding rules (Royal Decree 443/2001) that regulate such services (tuxiliary transport, specific vehcle technical requirements, compulsory vehicle test, maximun duration of travel, etc.). Moreover, buses have undergone a qualitative improvement in recent decades with the inclusion of technical improvements and elements of active and passive safety. In fact, around 80% of the buses they already have the safety belts.
Educating on the school bus
Journeys from home to school can be good moments for the adult accompanying the child reminded some messages about road safety.
Never stand behind the bus.
Wait for the signal of the driver and always cross at leastthree metres ahead.
Inside the bus stay seated and belted (if it has been installed).
Do not run upn arrival to the bus, or leaving.
Comply with the driver and monitor.
In addition parents should check the safety of coaches in which children move, request the hiring of coaches with seat belts to the Center and check that a monitor helps the children during the journey.