Dubai RTA deploys 368 smart school buses for the 2018-19 academic year

New technologies have been added to the school bus fleet to enhance the safety of students

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RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) is operating a fleet of 368 buses to transport about 8873 students in 17 schools for the 2018-19 academic year.

The buses are smart, environment-friendly and fitted with safety and security features as well as well-trained drivers and supervisors. Each bus is equipped with surveillance cameras connected to monitors at DTC’s Control Centre to monitor students’ movement while sitting and alighting from buses.

A new smart app DTC School Bus has been launched to enable parents to track the movement of their children’s journey from and to the school. In addition, the GPS satellite system sends notifications to parents about the time their children board or alight from buses in their shuttle between schools and homes.

New technologies have been added to the school bus fleet to enhance the safety of students. The engine switch off button is now located at the rear end of the bus behind the seats. So the driver is obliged to walk through up to the end of the bus to stop the engine, meanwhile ensuring that no student is left behind on the bus before the doors are locked.

The school transport service was launched in the academic year 2015-2016 with 117 buses to serve eight schools, and the number grew in the following academic year (2016-2017) to 270 buses serving 14 schools. In the last academic year (2017-2018), the fleet grew to 368 buses serving 17 schools.

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