Trafiksäkerhet vid skolskjutsning: diskussion i fokusgrupper

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Peter Wretling

The aim of the project is to generate hypotheses about public requirements and expectations concerning the issue of school transport and road safety. Information obtained has been used in questionnaire-based studies. It is hoped that the study will increase understanding of the measures that can realistically be proposed to improve the safety of school transport. The project is based on group discussions in which the focus has been the road safety aspects of school transport. Players involved in the area of school transport have met to discuss this question. The groups consisted of municipal representatives, contractors, drivers, children, parents and representatives from the school.

During the discussions several potential areas for action have emerged. The following measures would greatly improve the safety of school transport:

• Driver training should be obligatory

• Laws regulating criteria for school transport should be reviewed - how is road safety to be observed and by whom?

• School transport vehicles should be clearly signed and have a uniform design

• Seatbelts should be fitted in all school transport vehicles and crash tests carried out

• Procurement routines should be changed so that procurement occurs "nearer" those performing the service

• A route plan should be drawn up with photographs of the stops and other relevant information.

• The same instructions should be issued to drivers and pupils concerning the rules that apply

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