Dar es Salaam. Parents and school principals yesterday suggested ways to prevent accidents involving school buses.
Their suggestions come as police have launched a nationwide inspection to prevent crashes that have claimed the lives of students while injuring others.
The Department of Road Traffic yesterday announced the nationwide inspection of school buses to ensure that when schools reopen, students will transit safely to and from school.
It comes amid concerns over the handling of some school buses reflecting the crash that recently killed eight pupils at King David Primary School and two adults in Mikindani, Mtwara.
The accident reminded Tanzanians of similar incidents involving school buses in the past, including one that claimed the lives of dozens of students in Arusha in 2017.
“We want all owners, managers and drivers of schools who own buses to ensure that they prepare their vehicles for inspection…” read the statement released yesterday, defining it as the start some exercice.
The statement further noted that strict legal action would be taken against owners, drivers or managers who fail to comply with the requirement.
Reacting, Dr Amos Mcherwa, co-owner of a school in Dar es Salaam, appreciated the move, but insisted the exercise needed to be sustainable.
“In the future, we will no longer need to be notified by the police of the exercise which is their responsibility. They have to do their job according to the laws of the land,” he said.
He noted that vehicles break down from time to time, hence the need for more frequent and sometimes unannounced checks.
“Everyone should play their part well all the time, starting with the owners and the police,” he told the Citizen by phone.
For her part, a resident of Segerea in Dar es Salaam, Mrs. Selina Njovu, said that just as buses from within the country were checked on a daily basis, it was important to do the same with school buses.
“Commuter buses that are hired to transport students should be banned. The truth is most of these buses are never properly inspected and are still on the road,” she said.