School bus drivers urged to ensure student safety

February 10, 2019

With Omani schools reopening for the second semester from February 10, the authorities have called on bus drivers and parents to adhere to safety rules to avoid untoward accidents. 

The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) and the ROP have urged drivers to ensure no child is left behind in the vehicle at the end of each journey. The advisory also calls on parents and guardians to inculcate in children the necessity to abide by road safety guidelines.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Oman Telecommunications Company (Omantel) partnered to provide technological services to ensure safety of school buses in 2017.

The project titled, Darb al Salama (road safety) focuses on management and tracking of school buses in the sultanate, and the provision of ‘Smart Transportation Service’, the first-of-its-kind service in the region.

The agreement which was signed in February 2017, stated that Omantel would supply buses for public and private schools, under the supervision of the ministry, with innovative communications solutions equipped with state-of-the-art ICT systems.

It would also provide data and information system regarding Darb al Salama project according to the latest regulations in force worldwide and directly link them with the ministry’s educational portal database through integrated networks owned by the company.

The project is a real addition to security and safety in school buses. Darb al Salama includes a number of services, such as informing parents when the bus leaves the school and when it approaches the student’s home, in addition to informing the school if a student is present in the bus when it arrives at school.