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Transport Authority warns PPV drivers after crash involving 21 students

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 9:27 AM
In this March 24 file photo, bystanders look at an overturned Toyota Hiace bus in which students were travelling.

The Transport Authority is issuing another stern warning to operators of Public Passenger Vehicles (PPV) following a bus crash in Clarendon which resulted in 21 students being hospitalised yesterday.

The Authority says the crash took place yesterday morning along the Parnassus main road.

It involved a Toyota Hiace bus that was transporting students from the Garvey Maceo High School.

The Transport Authority says four of the 21 students are considered to be in critical condition.

Managing Director of the Transport Authority Donald Foster says his operations team is investigating the crash and will be increasing enforcement operations to deter any illegal activities.

Meanwhile, he is urging PPV operators to exercise due care, while transporting passengers and ensure compliance with the road traffic laws.

The Authority is appealing to operators of school buses to observe the laws, the approved Transport Authority standards and the terms and conditions of their road licences, given the noticeable increase in crashes involving the transportation of students.

Foster says, bus operators are custodians of the lives of passengers and should take this responsibility seriously.

He is calling on the Parent Teachers' Associations to play a greater role, in supporting the Safe School Bus Programme, which started in 2014 and was coordinated by the Transport Authority.