More Robust Oversight in Place to Improve School Transport Safety

Through application of modern technologies and implementation of evaluation and licensing systems, Iranian authorities are pushing ahead with plans to regulate school commuter services and put parents’ concerns over their children’s safety to rest
More Robust Oversight in Place to Improve School Transport Safety  More Robust Oversight in Place to Improve School Transport Safety
As per a directive introduced by the Interior Ministry, drivers offering school transport services need to be tested for mental and psychological health before being granted special permits

Concerns over students’ safety when using school commuter services have always overwhelmed parents as well as the people in charge, pushing both businesses and authorities toward introducing new mechanisms and prompting legislative and executive organizations to come up with an oversight system to tackle the problem.
Up until now, state organizations such as Tehran Taxi Organization, private companies, and in recent cases, ride-hailing services like Snapp and Tap30 have been used by families to send their kids to school.
The first plan initiated by the relevant officials is to run technical inspections of vehicles taking children to and from schools, removing substandard ones from the fleet.
Reportedly, arrangements are being made to remove a popular small city car produced by SAIPA, namely Pride, from the school transport fleet as the model fails to meet the required safety standards, director of Tehran Taxi Organization Alireza Qanadan was quoted as saying by ISNA.
“Since Pride has been the main vehicle for school transport in the past couple of years, removing it from the fleet cannot be done in an abrupt manner. This is something that needs to be done step by step; therefore, we have reached an agreement with the Ministry of Education to implement this plan by the next two or three years and in a phased manner,” he added.


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