Na­tional PTA wants il­le­gal buses off the road

New Straits Times - - News -

Com­pre­hen­sive checks on school buses need to be done reg­u­larly to en­sure the safety of stu­dents.

The author­i­ties need to step up ef­forts to en­sure the buses are road­wor­thy and stricter en­force­ment against il­le­gal op­er­a­tors.

Na­tional Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Mo­hamad Ali Has­san said he had re­ceived re­ports on il­le­gal school buses.

“The driv­ers are op­er­at­ing with­out a valid li­cence and the ve­hi­cles do not meet the stip­u­lated stan­dards.

“We do not want un­to­ward in­ci­dents to hap­pen to our chil­dren. The author­i­ties should get rid of them,” he told the

He said the author­i­ties should also en­sure the bus ca­pac­ity re­stric­tions were ad­hered to.

Ali also urged stu­dents not to stand when the bus was on the move.

“We have seen over­loaded buses where the young pas­sen­gers have to stand while the ve­hi­cle is mov­ing. Some even have to stand near the door.

“By en­sur­ing the ca­pac­ity re­stric­tions are ad­hered to, stu­dents will be safer and also feel more com­fort­able.

“The driv­ers must be fit and healthy. The age limit should be 60.”

Ali pro­posed that school buses be equipped with first-aid kits, fire ex­tin­guish­ers and safety belts.

He said the author­i­ties should con­duct spot checks and the bus school driv­ers must be cer­ti­fied.

“Driv­ers should dis­play their train­ing cer­tifi­cates. They should un­dergo safety train­ing just like lorry driv­ers.”

A traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer check­ing a school bus in Tawau, Sabah, last year.

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