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Dubai: The Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), a subsidiary of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), has started the integration of 58 government schools ‎ including more than 20,000 students into its school bus app (DTC School Bus App).

The move is a part of DTC’s plan to expand its services to government schools in the emirate. Presently, DTC’s school buses provide‎transportation services on around 800 routes.

“The services of DTC’s School Bus app include the registration of students, and the registration of parents to enable them to track the movement of buses to and from schools. The app sends instant notifications to parents when students arrive at school or home, in addition to notifications in the event of an unexpected traffic jam. The app helps save time as parents can report the absence of a student, which enables the bus driver to proceed on the route in an appropriate manner in the event of any impact on the bus journey,” said Abdullah Ibrahim Al Meer, Director of Digitisation and Commercial Development, DTC.

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“Dubai Taxi Corporation is keen to fit school buses with advanced technologies including surveillance systems to ensure that no student is left behind on any bus, and electronic trackers of buses and students using onboard devices. This approach upholds the highest safety and security standards.”

The app can also be used by drivers to check various aspects of the bus and alert the control room Image Credit: Supplied

Tracking of buses

The app enables the bus driver to monitor the technical details of the bus such as the kilometres travelled and contact the control centre. It also sends notifications in case of traffic congestion, bus breakdown, changes in the timing of students boarding or leaving the bus besides notifying the control centre of any emergency cases. Such measures ensure compliance with the highest safety and security standards and in line with Dubai’s surveillance systems.‎