School buses undergo inspections following new regulation
A general inspection for school buses is underway through October 1 to ensure the safety of children commuting to kindergartens and schools.
The Ulaanbaatar Transportation Office, Traffic Police Department and Ulaanbaatar Education Office reported that they found many violations and inadequacies during inspections carried out from August 28 to 30.
Officials were dissatisfied with the number of private and public schools that participated in the inspection. Reportedly, out of 107 school buses registered during the academic year of 2016-2017, a total of 82 buses of 44 schools, one kindergarten and one education center were inspected.
To promote Requirements for School Buses and Services MNS 6440:2014 and provide safer and more comfortable commute for kindergarten and elementary school children, the Ulaanbaatar Transportation Office, Traffic Police Department and Ulaanbaatar Education Office held a conference among private and public schools and kindergartens on September 8.
During the meeting, experts reminded directors of educational institutes to strictly follow the guidelines and requirements for school buses. For example, children under the age of 12 must be seated on the left side of the bus and have to wear a safety belt. Schools must hire qualified and competent drivers. All schools and kindergartens have been instructed to paint school buses yellow in conformity with related requirements.