A government committee decided on further safety measures to be taken on buses on Tuesday, after reports emerged a 14-year-old girl was hit on the head by a metal part in a Limassol village, which fell from a shelf.
The committee included representatives from the transport and education ministries, the police, the parent’s association, and the Limassol bus company, Emel.
According to an announcement from Transport Minister Vasiliki Anastasiadou, the committee decided that guides will be placed on buses transporting students to primary and nursery school.
The ministry said there will also be more frequent testing conducted on buses, so as to remove vehicles deemed unfit.
Seat belts will also be added to buses that are transporting students. The committee also decided that they would try to select school buses that were newer.
On Monday, parents of children living in Limassol’s mountain areas called for action over the very old buses that take their children to school after the old girl was injured on the school bus taking her to her high school in Lemythou from Doros village where she lives.
According to her father, Andreas Christofi, a metal object fell off one the bus’s overhead shelves when the vehicle made a turn and hit his daughter on the head. The blow caused a trauma to the temple and a head oedema. After going to school, she was transferred by ambulance to Limassol general hospital where she was kept for precautionary reasons.