Safety, not money, matters

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 December, 2011, 12:00am


You will almost certainly have heard about the traffic accident involving an overcrowded kindergarten bus in Gansu province in November.

Twenty-one people died - 19 of them children - and 43others were hurt when a nine-seater bus carrying 62children collided with a coal truck in thick fog.

Reports say the kindergarten had been warned by authorities about the dangers of carrying too many passengers in its minibus three days before the crash but ignored the order. It is all about money, not safety.

The mainland government must act now to prevent such a tragedy occuring again. Mainland public transport - particularly buses - is often heavily overcrowded.

Laws must be introduced, with stiff penalties, to punish bus companies that exceed passenger safety limits.

Drivers and passengers must also be educated about the dangers of overcrowding on public transport. If they are aware of the risks they will not risk their lives.

As the old saying goes, 'Faith will move mountains'. I have faith the mainland government will take action. Wong Ho-yeung, King Ling College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Ho-yeung. The spate of recent accidents involving students on the mainland has been awful. The media is quite right when they point to penny-pinching as being the cause. Very often these days, people just focus on money, even at the expense of children's lives.

As China grows so rapidly, people will become more demanding and expect better service.

They will also expect better quality of goods, and a higher standard of living.

Let us hope that lessons have been learned from these tragedies that will serve China well in the future.

Susan, Editor