School bus 'safest mode of transport' in Dubai


By Mohammed N Al Khab

DUBAI // The number of children taking a school bus in Dubai has risen by 23 per cent in the past year, according to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

And more than 200,000 students across the country use Emirates Transport’s (ET) buses to get to school every day.

Transport chiefs attribute the rise in passengers to the high standards of safety that have been implemented across the fleets in the past five years.

“We have had zero fatalities on school buses recently. That makes the school bus the safest mode of transport in Dubai – safer than walking even,” said Essa Al Dossari, chief executive of the RTA’s public transport agency.

The buses account for only 18 per cent of the traffic on Dubai’sroads, but Mr Al Dossari hopes this number will increase. More info