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Chinese police find 36 school pupils and two adults packed into seven-seat van

Unlicensed driver of unregistered van was also the kindergarten owner

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 May, 2017, 5:20pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 May, 2017, 5:20pm

Traffic police in China recently pulled over a seven-seat van that was found to be carrying 36 school children, a teacher and a driver, the state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The driver, surnamed Bai, runs a local kindergarten in Nanyang, Henan province and is responsible for taking the children to school and back home every school day.

Most of the passengers were kindergarten pupils with a few from primary school carrying their schoolbags, the CCTV footage showed.

The school minibus was not registered nor did Bai have a driving licence.

“It’s just a tip of the iceberg. Rural kindergartens are usually like this. It’s quite normal to drive 20-30 school kids in such a minibus,” one internet user commented.

“Who will take responsibility if something happens?” wrote another.

The police impounded the van while Bai was being held in criminal detention for dangerous driving.