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分享按钮0BEIJING – With special inspection teams set up at all provincial-level governments, school bus safety checks have started across the country just days after a collision claimed the lives of 19 preschoolers on an overloaded bus, according to the Ministry of Education.
In an initial safety check, Beijings municipal education commission found that some private schools and kindergartens buses were overloaded, and many private cars swarming to pick up children after school could also result in traffic disorders outside schools, according to a statement released Tuesday by the ministry.
Beijing has ordered its schools and kindergartens to keep clear records of safety inspections for all their buses and to arrange safety training courses for school bus drivers.
Twenty-one people, including 19 preschoolers and two adults, died and 43 others were injured last Wednesday morning when a nine-seat school bus illegally carrying 64 people collided head-on with a coal truck in Northwest Chinas Gansu province.
In Shanghai, a total of 2,300 school buses will undergo comprehensive checks, including vehicle sanitation and control equipment inspections, by November 25. So far, 15 buses have been found to be operating illegally, and they have been ordered to rectify their illegal operations, said the statement.
In addition to regular safety checks, eastern Jiangsu province held meetings for school bus drivers to exchange experiences on driving children.
Meanwhile, the education commission of southwestern Chongqing Municipality arranged for special personnel to anonymously spot-check school bus operations at middle and elementary schools.
In the statement, the ministry also urged education bureaus at all levels as well as all schools and kindergartens to map out emergency plans against traffic accidents.Related StoriesKindergarten head formally arrested 2011-11-21 21:37School bus crash sounds safety alarm 2011-11-21 07:59Kindergarten head arrested for overload 2011-11-21 07:10Campaign seeks to give children a safe ride 2011-11-19 09:12Most ViewedTodays Top NewsChinas Nov CPI up 4.2%, PPI up 2.7%China: No colonial designs on AfricaTravel rush to start on Jan 840 years of Ping-Pong DiplomacyChina, US hold defense talksChina refutes land grab in AfricaWealth gap widely felt in ChinaTwo dead in Virginia Tech shootingVideoSlidePodcastPicturesA trip to the Republic of KazakhstanVBOOK: China and the African droughtManchester duo misery as Basel, Napoli advanceSpeedy SantasChinas tennis ace eyes next years OlympicsForeign pilots call for better safety systemsAnti-Gadhafi forces take heavy lossesRising waves of sea disputesHighway cracks after 1 monthBraving dreadful heightArts of rare stonesHot TopicsHIV/AIDS, Egypt protest, Thanksgiving, climate change, global economic recovery, home prices, high-speed railways, school bus safety, Libya situation, Weekly photosEditors PicksSmall, but standing tallZhejiang keeps closer eye on smaller private bizBinding agreement expected at COP 17Dancing classrooms in IsraelNational table tennis team end military trainingDing holds off spirited Stevens at UK ChampionshipMore China NewsDevelopers seek sales in online auctionsSpring Festival travel rush expected to start on Jan 8Migrant workers prefer working in citiesMan-made rain to secure grain targetsChina: No colonial designs on AfricaStars mark 40 years of Ping-Pong DiplomacySpecialsHu attends APEC summit2nd National Mind Sports Gamesmore