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Police seizing grossly overloaded school buses

CITY police said they caught two illegal school buses overloading kindergarten students in the suburban Minhang District yesterday.

One vehicle, with seven seats, was packed with 19 people while the other, a bus with 17 seats, carried 30 people, said the district police.

The two vehicles were confiscated by the police and the two kindergartens, not identified, were asked to stop the illegal school bus operation.

Shanghai police intensified checks and inspections on the city's school buses after a school bus crash in northwest China's Gansu Province on November 16 killed 21 people, 19 of them kindergarten students. The nine-seat minivan was carrying more than 60 people, mostly children from the kindergarten.

Shanghai's Songjiang District police said that by the end of last month, they had confiscated 15 vehicles for overloading students. Most of them were hired by parents to send their children to school, police said.

Similar cases were found in the Pudong New Area, police said.

A 17-seat bus was found with 43 students on Lianggang Avenue near Dongda Highway on November 16, police said. The driver of the bus was fined and ordered to contact the school to send more cars to carry the students.

Five days later, on November 21, another bus was found overloading in Pudong. The 42-seat bus was found packed with 70 people and the driver did not have a school bus license, according to police.

On the same day, a sedan with five seats was caught while taking 10 people in the same area, police said. Also on that day, a 28-seat bus of a primary school was found loading 51 people on Jielong No.1 Road, police said.

Education authorities said a regulation concerning school safety will be enforced next year.


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