Published: 2018-04-10 18:57
Last Updated: 2018-04-11 11:00
Anyone working as a school bus driver must make children their top priority.
Unfortunately, one driver was arrested in east Amman on Tuesday morning, after being caught carrying 65 students on his bus, instead of the maximum capacity of 23.
Having an extra 42 students onboard means that they were squashed next to each other, which goes against the health and safety laws the driver should be abiding by.
A statement released by the the Central Traffic Department (CTD) on Facebook said that the students were “safely dropped off to their school by other buses,” while the driver was taken into police custody for further investigation.
After interrogating the driver, the police found that he did not hold a Level 5 license, which would allow him to drive a school bus.
The CTD said that they will be conferring with the Ministry of Education about the necessary measures that need to be taken at the school in question.
The Department has also urged parents to double check the safety of their children’s school buses, and to report any violations to the CTD by calling 911 or by contacting them through their official Facebook page.
Last week, 14 people were injured after a school bus drove into an electricity pole in the area of Abu Nusair, Amman.
Among the injured in the traffic collision were 11 children aged between six and seven, two teachers and the bus driver.