The Department of Traffic (DGT) rolled out a special school transport surveillance campaign from 19 to 23 of February with the goal of checking that buses used for children's school transport are doing so safely. However, five drivers tested positive for drugs in the test carried out by the Traffic Division of the Civil Guard. In all, there were 2,353 reports, above all due to deficiencies in the required documentation for this type of transport.
A total of 32 school buses were involved in accidents in which 17 passengers were injured during 2016 in Spain. The goal of campaigns such as this recent one is to minimize risks and ensure the safety of our youngest children on their journeys to school. Nevertheless, the results demonstrate that young children are still not traveling safely enough.
During this campaign 3,557 vehicles used for school and young children's transport were checked, of which 1416 were reported, mainly for administrative irregularities.
We should point out that five drivers tested positive for drugs and that nine drivers were driving over the speed limit.
With regard to seat belt usage in vehicles equipped with them, officers discovered in the inspections they carried out that 8 vehicles which were equipped with these restraint systems had some deficiencies in them. Only buses registered from October 2007 are required to have seat belts and, if they do indeed have this important safety device on board, all passengers must use them. However, a recent study by Fundación MAPFRE showed that only 2 out of 10 passengers fasten their seat belts on buses despite the vehicle having them available. We recommend you read the article:This is how a seat belt should secure the child, with or without a child car seat.
In this regard we should point out that it is the administrative irregularities which have caused the most number of reports. For example, 1,024 vehicles were reported for not having the specific authorization for carrying schoolchildren while 338 of them were reported for not having an unlimited liability insurance policy, which is required by law.
Moreover, 81 vehicles carrying schoolchildren had failures in the service and emergency doors , as well as in their activation devices and another 16 were reported for not having their ITV inspection certificates.
Moreover, 104 vehicles checked did not bear the required V-10 school transport sign and another 24 did not have a luminous device with an emergency signal.
17 drivers were reported for exceeding the permitted driving time or failing to observe rest periods, while another 30 were reported for not having a person on the vehicle to monitor the young children, where necessary.