Flawless technology and well-trained drivers are key requirements for enhanced safety in school bus traffic.
Daimler Buses is implementing effective measures to promote this concept on a sustained basis. The Mercedes-Benz service brand "Omniplus" has joined forces with Setra Buses and Coaches to offer a special "school bus check" (in conjunction with a safety test or statutory general inspection) until 12 September 2009. The check covers 17 points that are added to the regular tests. After the check, the bus company receives a test protocol as well as the "school bus check" sticker to display on the vehicle. "Transporting school children safely presents a special challenge for the vehicle and its driver," explains Hartmut Schick, head of Daimler Buses. "The school bus check is performed according to safety criteria relevant to school bus traffic."
During the promotional period, the school bus check will be complemented by the latest accessories and spare parts (such as school bus sign, retaining strap, warning sign, fluorescent jacket etc.) offered at attractive prices.
Omniplus has provided school bus training for drivers and school children alike since 2004. The training courses cover: identifying and avoiding dangers specific to school traffic; getting in and out of the vehicle at bus stops; crossing the road in front of or behind the vehicle; duties and rights for drivers. This training is recognised as a further education course in accordance with the German professional driver qualification law (BKrFQG).