COVID-19: Is It Safe To Travel On School Buses In Dubai?

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Dubai: Strict precautionary measures were taken for school buses in Dubai at the start of the new academic session, school transport operator Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) assured Thursday.

“The DTC (under the authority of roads and transport) is making exceptional efforts to keep pace with local and global trends in protection against COVID-19. These measures stem from our desire to ensure the safety of students who commute between their homes and schools. These measures also strengthen parents’ confidence in the school transportation service provided to their children, ”said Marwan Al Zarooni, Director of Operations and Business Affairs at DTC, RTA.

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Al Zarooni said preventive measures implemented include regular disinfection of buses and limiting capacity to only 50%. Bus assistants also check students’ temperatures before getting on the bus. He noted: “About 3,000 are registered with the school transportation service, where more than 175 dedicated buses are deployed. A total of 22 schools in Dubai served by DTC’s premium school transportation service. The success of the service is attributed to the selection and training of 350 drivers of our smart buses. They are supported by 117 assistants trained to look after students.

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Al Zarooni added that the bus assistants have been trained to handle emergencies and certified in providing first aid, by the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services.

School buses are equipped with smart technologies to ensure safety and security, Al Zarooni said. “These systems include surveillance cameras, sensors, an emergency button to communicate with the control center and a GIS-powered tracking system for students and buses, as well as the Vehicle Identification Passport (ViP ) using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The buses are also equipped with a self-extinguishing system for the engine, ”he added.

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