According to the Authority, it has noticed that the transport system in most basic schools is inefficient, thus, schools utilise sub-standard vehicles which goes contrary to Regulations 5, 62 and 80. 119 Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (LI. 2180).
In a statement dated January 13, 2022, the Authority said, “All schools affected by these road safety measures shall submit to the Authority on or before February 28, 2022, the relevant information on the details of their driver’ and vehicles assigned for the transport service and traffic warden nominated in a form prescribed by the web link below: https://zlltinyurPLcom/alertforschoolbuses.”
Also, the Road Safety Authority says the Authority’s attention had been drawn to schools situated by the roadside that pose a threat to students life when crossing the road.
These conditions the Authority says can lead to road traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths of bus occupants and children pedestrians.
With this in mind, the National Road Safety Authority has issued the following directives to educational institutions:
- The leadership of all basic schools providing transport services should ensure that vehicles designated for the service are fit for purpose and drivers assigned for the service are qualified by law.
- All schools providing transport services for children should assign a responsible adult to the bus to help supervise them and ensure that they are loaded and offloaded at very safe places.
- Schools located by major roads (in urban environments and on highways) should collaborate with their Assemblies, Parent-Teacher Associations (PMS) and School Management Committees (SMCs) to designate traffic wardens who shall assist the school children to cross the roads during the peak hours.In compliance with these directives
The statement further revealed that administrative penalties will be imposed if the sanctions are not adhered to.
“Please note that the Authority shall not hesitate to impose the necessary Administrative Penalties and other sanctions provided by the National Road Safety Authority Act, 2019 (Act 993) to enforce these directives to improve”
Below is a copy of the press release: