The Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Traffic and Road Safety has appealed to heads of schools and parents to ensure that school buses transporting students are roadworthy and have all the required traffic related documents.
The call comes after several school buses were found without operating without insurance and mechanical inspection certificate, among others.
There are also cases where drivers of school buses have been found drunk, sometimes to the extent that he can’t stand on his own.
The spokesperson for the traffic department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, said these are “serious and unfortunate circumstances” which are “unacceptable.”
“Insurance and mechanical inspection certificate are actually a prerequisite for any vehicle to operate. You imagine a vehicle transporting these children and has no insurance and in sorry state. This is like suicide,” CIP Kabanda said.
“It is equally the responsibility of head of schools and parents to ensure that vehicles transporting children have all the required documents, in good mechanical condition, and stability and soberness of drivers for the safety of the children and road users,” CIP Kabanda said.
“Ensuring safety of the children especially on roads requires close partnership in vetting and managing transport companies between all stakeholders. As police, penalizing offenders is the last option as a wakeup call, which shouldn’t be the case if each and everyone including drivers themselves took it as an individual responsibility.”
Meanwhile, the traffic spokesperson also reminded that road safety is not only regulating the speed, soberness of the driver or safe overtaking.
“It is also about road cleanliness; littering the road, piling stones and sand on roadsides which narrows the road