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National standard on school buses passed (2)

(China Daily)

14:33, January 15, 2012

The standards cover school buses for preschoolers older than three and children receiving nine-year compulsory education, Xinhua News Agency reported.

However, some schools that already own school buses remain concerned about the practicality of the new school bus standard.

"Our school buses have to go through hutong and narrow streets to pick up pupils," said Wang Jin, the bus coordinator of the Yew Chung International School of Beijing. "That's why I like the school vehicles we have right now. I hope there will be such considerations in the new standard."

The types of buses the school uses range from SUVs to mid-sized buses, and the school can arrange to use different vehicles according to the number of students to be carried.

The bus size matters because the school will have difficulty parking all of the vehicles if all are too big to park in the schoolyard, he said.

A string of road accidents involving school pupils and preschoolers in the last two months of 2011 set off a public outcry over the shortage of school buses and their poor safety standards nationwide.

After the accidents, the central government ordered a speedy national school bus standard to be created as the basis of a solution to the school bus problem nationwide.

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