PUBLIC BUSES GO ON MORE ROUNDS FOR STUDENTS
The National Auto Transportation Center (NATC) has increased the frequency of public bus service to facilitate increased student passengers. The number of people, especially students, traveling to Ulaanbaatar from remote communities spike at the start of new school year, along with occurrences of crimes and traffic accidents. To meet increased passenger demands and prevent accidents, NATC and the Traffic Police Department have launched the annual Student Transport program.
While NATC increases bus operations, the Traffic Police Department is heightening security and surveillance.
NATC senior specialist O.Enkhbat gave a brief interview about the Student Transport program.
How are you regulating the increased number of travelers towards the capital?
The number of passengers heading to Ulaanbaatar from rural settlements increases every year before the start of a new school year. NATC increases the number of buses and their intercity services to enhance accessibility and improve public transportation services.
This year, we’re carrying out the second edition of the Student Transport program, and have increased the frequency of bus services to meet additional demand. So far, we have sent public buses on 1,009 additional rounds.
We’re constantly monitoring operations with assistance from provincial traffic police departments through the Student Transport program. Police officers from 21 provinces and vehicle safety inspectors have been stationed at posts all over the country. They’re also making rounds along the four main routes in Ulaanbaatar.
More and more vehicles are entering the city. Are they being inspected?
A general vehicle inspection is underway for public transportation services from August 15 to September 15 to prevent traffic accidents and ensure the implementation of the Law on State Supervision, vehicle related legislations, Law on Conflicts, and traffic regulations, procedures and standards.
Through inspections, the police are checking licenses of public transportation drivers and tickets of passengers and eliminating all violations found.
It’s said that smuggled and private vehicles start to provide taxi and passenger transport services without authorization. Is it possible to control this issue?
I advise everyone to think about the wellbeing and safety of their beloved ones and use permitted public transportation services that have undergone technical inspections and diagnostics, and those that are insured and have GPS. I urge private service providers not to exceed the speed limit when transporting passengers and ensure the safety of your vehicle before participating in traffic movement.
Police officer inspects bus driver en route to Dornod Province