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School bus safety rules set standards (2)

By Chen Jia (China Daily)

08:56, December 12, 2011

The move comes after 19 preschoolers and two adults died on an overcrowded school bus on Nov 16. The other 43 people on the bus, which only had nine seats, were injured.

In response, Premier Wen Jiabao called on Nov 27 for a bus-safety regulation to be issued within a month.

At the end of last month, advice on the draft safety regulation began to be submitted by various ministries. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Security are among the main agencies that have offered suggestions.

According to the draft, the government will adopt a licensing system for school bus operations.

Vehicles that meet the necessary standards will be first to obtain approval from education authorities.The draft mandates the registration of buses at traffic administration agencies.

Instead of compulsory annual safety checks, the draft would require school-bus owners to renew their safety permits every six months.

Drivers would also be required to conduct safety checks of buses before each commute, the draft said.

The draft asks schools and school bus service providers to intensify safety management and maintenance and assign special staff members on buses to look after the students on board.

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