DUBAI / WAM
The Board of Executive Directors of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board, has endorsed the awarding of a contract for procuring 125 new school buses.
The new buses will add to the fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC) to cope with the growing school transport activity. The number of students lifted by DTC buses is expected to rise from 7000 students in the last academic year to 10,000 students
in the new academic year 2017/2018.
“Lifting millions of students every day, the school transport is considered one of the key public transport sectors in the world. Through widening its school transport activity, the RTA is seeking to provide safe and smooth mobility for all students of different ages. It aims to be a pioneer in offering excellent and safe school transport services, and encourage parents to have their children lifted to and from schools by school transport buses rather than private vehicles. Through this strategy, the RTA would be able to support the UAE Education Strategy 2020, improve the school transport service in Dubai, and strike a balance between supply and demand,” said Al Tayer.
“The new buses, which have been tailored to the highest international safety standards of school transport services, have a diverse cast of features — 95 buses of 22 seats, 20 buses of 58 seats, and 10 buses of 35 seats. The interior design of buses has superior finishing, noise-free environment and deluxe seats.