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Stricter rules for school bus companies

By Yang Jinghao (Global Times)

14:50, May 04, 2012

School bus manufacturers will have to meet certain requirements before they gain access to the market, according to proposed new safety regulations.

A draft law to regulate the school bus industry was published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Wednesday for public feedback and includes an admittance threshold for manufacturers.

The public can offer opinions on the law until June. It consists of 33 specifications and conditions ranging from compliance to production, development and sales standards.

To qualify as manufacturers, companies should have no record of warnings or punishments imposed by the authorities over product quality and safety issues for the last three years, according to the draft, which classifies the school buses into two types.

Light buses have more than seven seats and are between five and six meters in length while large and medium-sized buses are between six and 12 meters long.

Companies should be able to produce at least 3,000 buses, including the chassis, during the first three years, or 1,000 large and medium-sized buses. Personnel should be familiar with cutting edge bus technology at home and abroad and up to date with the latest rules and regulations.

Li Dusheng, director of the brand management department at Zhongtong Bus & Holding Co Ltd, a big bus manufacturer in Shandong Province, applauded the upcoming regulation, saying it would help regulate the industry and further diminish potential safety hazards.

Li told the Global Times the draft law would have a limited impact on leading bus makers as the newly-set standards are not that high and big enterprises are already close to meeting them.

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