Track your child on school bus via your phone

By Sheena Amos

RTA aims at max 40 minutes for each school bus trip

DUBAI 10 September 2017: Track your child on school bus via your phone may become a reality in Dubai.

Also, moves are afoot to reduce the maximum time for a school bus journey to the world standard of just 40 minutes.

These – and other issues – were discussed at a recent Customer Council at the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Represented were RTA, school transport operators and parents.

The council received a number of ideas and suggestions from attendees. Council  recommendations include reviewing smart applications, particularly providing information to parents that enables them to follow up with their children during their trip to and from school through smart phones and cameras on buses.

The aim is to utilize student’s travel time, monitor supervisors and drivers closely and issue of legislation banning insults to students during transportation.

In response to parents’ request, the council recommended reducing the time of home-to-school transportation services, modifying the timings of school bus trips and aligning them with world rates of 40 minutes.

There is an initiative to present educational programs, as well as entertainment programs, on interactive screens in school buses, where students spend 90 minutes. These programs would be varied, addressing various cultural, literary, scientific, religious, geographical topics, to name a few.

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The council also recommended considering using both sides of the airport tunnel in order to ensure timely arrival and return of students and reduce buses operational and financial costs.

The council recommended to the Dubai Taxi Corporation to conduct training sessions for school bus drivers and supervisors on how to deal with students in a civilized manner, taking into consideration their different grades; how to please parents and raise their satisfaction rating.

The meeting included a visual presentation about the services offered by Dubai Taxi Corporation, which oversees school transport services as part of the RTA’s responsibilities. The presentation also reviewed the current laws, regulations and procedures, besides activating the role of electronic and smart applications in supporting school transport sector.

Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla, RTA Director and Chairperson of the RTA Customer Council, headed the session, which was held at the premises of Public Transport Agency at Muhaisnah area. Present at the session was Ahmed Mahboob, Executive Director of Customer Service, and Mohammed Al Dhahouri, Director of School Transport at Dubai Taxi Corporation, in addition to representatives of school transport authorities, and scores of RTA staff.

Promoting principles of safety, prevention in schools

ABU DHABI: Major General Jassem Mohammed Al Marzouki, General Commander of Civil Defence at the Ministry of Interior, has stressed the importance for regional departments of civil defence to perform their awareness role and organise awareness campaigns, which target schools and promote the principles of safety and prevention, to raise a future generation who are aware of the risks around them.

He urged the departments to perform field visits on the first day of the new school year, to raise the awareness of students about preventive measures and procedures in cases of emergency to protect their safety, in co-ordination with relevant officials from the educational sector, said Wam.

He also highlighted the desire of the General Command of Civil Defence to promote safety and prevention standards in all local facilities, including in educational buildings and schools, in co-ordination with the relevant authorities, to ensure their compliance and readiness during the new school year.

Major General Al Marzouki further stressed that the General Command is keen to promote the culture of safety and prevention among all segments of the community, for all citizens and residents to benefit from all available means of delivering preventive and instructional safety messages, and to ensure the best application of safety and prevention standards in all locations, to protect the safety of the general public.

He added that these programmes, including the Khalifa Empowerment Programme for Students, Aqdar, aims to promote positive messages while encouraging citizens to follow safety and prevention rules while at home, in school and on roads, as well as developing their ability to act appropriately during cases of emergencies.