Chinese buses to be fitted with GPS in attempt to prevent accidents
(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A bleak 48-hour period that saw 62 lives lost in traffic accidents has prompted the Chinese government to introduce a number of measures, including mandatory Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in long-distance buses and vehicles transporting dangerous goods.
The deaths have shocked the nation and government departments have promised to adopt more rigorous measures to improve road safety. Mr Zhao Zhengyong, governor of Shaanxi province, said on Monday that all "red-eye" passenger buses - those running from 2 am to 5 am - will be banned in the province from next week.
Central government departments, such as the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Transport and the State Administration of Work Safety, will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss measures to prevent road accidents, government sources told China Daily.
One of the measures concerns all long-distance passenger buses and vehicles transporting dangerous goods. They will be required to install GPS by the end of the year, Ms Zhao Ruihua, deputy director of the road traffic safety department of the State Administration of Work Safety, told China Daily. This version of the GPS will have a communication function and will be connected to monitoring platforms in the vehicle's company, its home city, province and a central platform in Beijing.