Transporting large number of students and meeting all safety standards is a very complex operation. Schools have serious business of educating and training students and any operation such as transportation would be a major distraction to them. School transportation is no longer a routine pick up and drop off of students. It has now become a specialized field. The service sectors have seen a revolutionary growth both in terms of quality and delivery. Outsourcing of transport has taken care of both these values. Safe and quality transportation of students is seen as vital as Education and Healthcare.
A continuous research on school transportation is going on in various parts of the world; seminars, conferences and discussions are held regularly. Understanding the importance of school transportation, the Road Transport Authority in Dubai has taken the initiative to implement bus specifications in September 2008. Many schools across the world have outsourced transportation to reputed transport companies specializing in school transportation. The outsourcing of school transportation by GEMS schools in Dubai, in 2008 was well appreciated by the authorities and the parents. The spokesperson of the Ministry of Education praised the move of the GEMS schools in outsourcing the school transportation and recommended the other private schools across the country to adopt the same approach.
Outsourcing school transportation not only helps the schools but also the parents as they can avail safe and quality transportation for their wards and spares them from the tedious and expensive exercise of dropping and picking up the children by themselves. It reduces traffic on the roads and helps to reduce the number of vehicles at the parking zone of the schools which is unsafe and dangerous for the small children moving around.
A safer way to school – According to the Analysts, generally a school bus is 18% safer than cars. With the RTA school bus specifications in Dubai a school bus is still more safe.
Going Green - A recent study indicates that more than 65,000 students of private schools do not use school transportation in Dubai which means that a similar number of cars and vans are being used by the parents to drop the students. An article published in Gulf News on 17th February, 2010 highlights how the traffic emissions pose a major threat to the environment. “Petrol and Diesel Engine vehicles emit a variety of pollutants, principally carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulates (PM10) whose impact on urban air quality is negative and alarming. Each vehicle releases 110 to 250gms per km of Carbon dioxide. According to Municipality statistics Dubai has 1,021,880 vehicles on its roads producing over 23.3 million kg of CO2 each day. Cars running on petrol are responsible for around 82% of the fumes.”
School transportation certainly helps to reduce the carbon emission and makes the country a safer place to stay.