Fahad Buhendi (Fujairah)
Jassim Al Marzouqi, managing director of school transport at Emirates Transport, told Al-Ittihad that the number of buses covering the entire Emirate of Fujairah for the new academic year 2022-2023 amounted to 289, including 232 buses for public school transport, and 57 buses for private school transport. .
emphasizes that the institution performs its school transportation services in accordance with the highest specifications and standards set by the legislative and federal and local authorities,
He pointed out that the number of safety counselors working on school buses is 115, including 7 counselors who were recently appointed before the start of the new school year.
He explained that “the number of routes covered by the company’s buses in the emirate is 217, noting that the school transport system is complete, with each party performing their roles and responsibilities optimally, as there are major roles for the supervisor, in addition to the role of the Company and the parental role, which lies in a series of steps. The task, the most important of which is to be with their children under the age of 11 to wait for the school bus 5 minutes before it arrives at boarding point and to hand their children over to the transport and safety supervisor at the school bus door From the bus to help them over whatever puts them in danger or the unaccompanied students stop on the opposite side of the house before the bus arrives and cross the road unaccompanied ; Therefore, they must control their children while waiting for the school bus so that the students are not allowed to run towards the bus as soon as they see it and follow the process of getting on the bus.
On the role of transport and safety supervisor, Al Marzouki said: “It starts with receiving students from their parents for those under 11 at the door of the school bus, helping them sit on the seats, fastening seat belts, overseeing the safety of the students inside the bus and ensure their regularity through the use of a list of Student Behavior inside the School Bus and completing a Student Non-Participating Behavior Form in addition to completing the Student Boarding and Disembarking Form (Preparation) for students while boarding the school bus , and hand over the students to the school movement officer, the need to approve the schedule by the official, ensure that the school bus is empty of students before it leaves the school, and assist in the evacuation of the bus in case of emergency Contribute to the spread of the road safety culture, use of buses for students and overseeing recreational programs on the bus In addition to ensuring that the bus is safe and free of hazards that could bring e lives in danger before they begin any journey.”
Jassim Al-Marzouqi added that the school transport system is complemented by the role of the school, which begins with receiving students from the school bus and the transport and safety supervisor, using the students’ boarding and alighting form and also approving the form. to evacuate the student boarding and alighting area (internal or external bus stops) from the students to avoid the risk of being run over. Likewise, a student pick-up and drop-off area must be provided free of vehicles from parents, teachers and school workers, so that it is intended only for school buses, with the necessity of supervising the area and regulating the bus traffic in it, and the absence of other children than transported students at school bus stops to maintain their safety.