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Bus safety regulation to target GPS

By Zhi Yun (China Daily)

14:22, August 30, 2012

The country's top work safety watchdog is considering adopting a regulation to punish long-distance coach drivers who fail to travel prescribed routes or switch off GPS terminals, a senior official told China Daily.

Hou Jinglei, division chief of the road traffic safety department of the State Administration of Work Safety, said the move is to better regulate the use of GPS devices on long-distance vehicles and reduce traffic accidents.

The administration plans to make all long-distance buses and vehicles transporting dangerous goods install GPS systems by the end of the year. The GPS terminals will have a communication function and be connected to monitoring platforms.

However, Hou said the lack of legal punishment is a major problem authorities are facing in supervising the use of GPS devices.

"If drivers turn off the GPS terminal while driving or choose another route without permission, there is no law to punish them," he said.

The administration is now drafting a regulation on the GPS monitoring systems to specify the penalties for those drivers who are not driving on the prescribed routes, switch off the GPS terminals, or commit other violations, Hou said.

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