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Abu Dhabi's special needs school bus fleet expanded.

Abu Dhabi: Nine more custom-designed school buses will join the fleet to serve students with special needs in government-run schools in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Transport (ET), the sole provider of transport to public schools announced on Wednesday.

The new buses will join the existing 21 specially equipped buses already on the school run in the capital, taking the number to 30.

Reiterating ET's commitment to meeting the requirements of the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Amer Juma Al Shehi, manager of Government School Transport at ET, said that providing safe and convenient transport modes for students with special needs and to help facilitate their integration into the public school system is ET's priority.

Al Shehi pointed out that ET's 30 specially equipped school buses currently serve 13 government schools in various areas of Abu Dhabi, and added that Emirates Transport commends the efforts of the Council for the integration of this category, confirming their right to parallel opportunities with other community members in the transport and education services.

He added: "These buses are equipped with special features including WiFi, TV screens showing educational, cultural, awareness, and entertainment programmes, and cameras to monitor the transport operation, apart from devices such as wheelchair lifts and side arms for assistance during pick-up and drop-off from the bus."

The buses also use tracking systems, which allows live tracking of the bus during the trip, in addition to sending notifications to parents and the school confirming pick-up and drop-off of students to school or their homes.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Oct 15, 2015
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