School buses, equipped with safety features, not only reduce traffic and pollution but also they are cheap and safe. However, it is unfortunate that we in Bangladesh have not yet been able to introduce a proper bus service for our students. Lack of designated buses has not only exposed students to unsafe journey, accidents, harassment and misbehaviour from transport workers in the capital but also increased education costs by way of travelling expenses.
The affluent citizens of Dhaka city generally send their children to school by their personal car. Often, one car carries only one child. This creates a rush of privately-owned cars during school hours, bringing the main roads of the city to a standstill. Some of the residential areas in Dhaka have become difficult to live in due to day-long traffic congestions, caused by the cars parked on the roads. If all the schools in the city have their own buses for carrying students, the situation will significantly improve. Fewer cars on the streets will also mean better air quality. We urge the authorities concerned to look into the issue sincerely and introduce a safe school bus service for every school.
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