New doors won't open at speed
A NEW generation of school buses gradually being rolled out will not allow the emergency door to open once the bus is moving at a certain speed, writes Katherine Donnelly.
Bus Eireann sought this as a new safety feature, following two incidents involving young boys falling through emergency doors in the past two years. Both boys made a recovery.
The company said that, in both cases, investigations established that there was no mechanical problem with the bus and that the doors had been opened deliberately.
Last May, a 12-year-old first year student from Castleblayney College, Co Monaghan, was injured when he fell from a moving school bus.
In June 2005, seven-year-old Sean Bruen fell out of the back of a moving school bus, head-first, after the emergency doors opened.
A company spokesperson said the new feature would prevent the emergency door opening once the bus had built up a certain speed.
The company has bought, and is evaluating, 20 school buses from four companies with the new emergency door safety feature.
Another 30 new such buses are due to join tbe fleet soon.
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