Head of Little Doctor Kindergarten Li Jungang receives seven years in prison for the accident, which killed 19 children and two adults in November. Sixty-four passengers were on board the converted nine-seat freight van when it collided with a truck.
The buses, produced by Zhengzhou Yutong Group Co. Ltd., are similar in appearance to the Type C school buses that are built in the U.S. They reportedly feature an enclosed ring structure around the body for impact resistance, and each seat is equipped with a seat belt.
During a visit to the Connecticut DMV, traffic security officials from the Chinese government learn about the state’s school bus safety program. DMV staff members perform a complete school bus inspection and discuss student transportation safety issues.
Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. signs a letter of intent with Wanxiang Group that includes a joint venture investment of up to $75 million to develop, manufacture and commercialize all-electric school buses and commercial vehicles for multiple industries in the country. The vehicles will combine Wanxiang’s EV componentry technologies with Smith’s proprietary platform vehicle designs.
The regulations give buses priority in traffic congestion and require companies and drivers to acquire licenses to offer school transport services, among other measures. The long-awaited regulations come after several fatal crashes involving school buses.
The company displays its 2012 Vision school bus at the 2012 China Bus, Truck and Component Expo in Beijing this week. In February, Blue Bird participated in the first China International School Bus Development Forum and Exhibition.
Guangdong Tongan Automobile Rental Service's 16 buses reportedly meet the country's new safety and technical standard for school buses, and the number of buses is expected to grow to 1,000 by the end of the year. The buses are equipped with such features as GPS, emergency escape doors and seat belts.