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New laws carrying hefty fines and penalties are introduced to safeguard the areas around school buses.

Getting on and off the school bus have the potential to be risky situations for children who may be distracted by seeing their friends or family, too young to properly comprehend safe road behaviour or too small to be easily seen by drivers of nearby cars.

As such we all have a role to play in reducing the risks for our children and making their journey to school safer. Our bus drivers and conductors teach the children every day how to get on and off school buses safely, and we ask parents and schools to reiterate the importance of safe behaviour while waiting for and disembarking from buses.

Other road users have their role to play too, and the newly announced laws are a big step towards safety around school buses. The law specifies that:

  • Drivers of all other vehicles must stop at a minimum distance of five metres when the side stand arms of these buses are open.
  • Failure to do so can result in a Dhs.1,000 fine and 10 black points on your licence

Be aware of school buses, keep your distance, keep our children safe.