Abu Dhabi school bus driver sacked for 'recklessness'

Department of Transport withdraws driver's permit after putting pupil in danger by failing to extend bus stop arm
Abu Dhabi school bus driver sacked for 'recklessness'
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By Sam Bridge
Tue 19 Jun 2018 06:33 PM

The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport (DoT) said on Tuesday it has sacked a school bus driver for recklessness which put a pupil in danger.

State news agency WAM said the driver failed to extend the school bus stop-arm in the Alfalah residential area, while a child was crossing the road thus endangering his life.

The DoT has withdrawn the driver's permit to operate a school bus.

While trying to cross the road with the child, the school bus female attendant reacted quickly and pulled the child to safety when she saw another school bus rushing towards them because the stop-arm was not extended, it added.

As per the law, motorists have to stop their vehicle on seeing the stop signs engaged on school buses and anyone who fails to do so will be fined AED1,000 and given 10 black points.

The department also issued a warning to the employer of the school bus driver and directed them to ensure that all their drivers strictly adhere to school transport laws and regulations.

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