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New policies likely to boost auto industry
    2011-12-27  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    THE string of traffic accidents involving school buses has led to a rethinking of rules. The new rules will affect automakers, who say they are ready to fill orders for new buses.

    Premier Wen Jiabao asked the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council on Nov. 27 to draft a statute on school bus safety. The costs of instituting the new laws will be shared by the central and local governments.

    There is a need for 1.5 million school buses, an amount worth more than 375 billion yuan (US$58.8 billion), based on a calculation that half of the 180 million elementary and high school students need to use buses, estimated Yu Cheng, an auto industry analyst.

    The figure does not include buses needed by kindergartens and colleges, he said.

    Despite the need, manufacturers only managed to sell 900 school buses in 2009, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

    The government implemented a set of safety criteria and technological standards for elementary school buses in 2010. But the rules governing technicalities could not solve the buses’ safety problems, said professor Wang Jian of the College of Traffic and Transportation in Chongqing.

    Analyst Yu said schools are generally unwilling to set aside funds to purchase new school buses mainly because of the costs. Aside from the cost of the vehicle, schools have to hire drivers and perform regular maintenance work, decreasing the cost efficiency of school buses, Yu said.

    Businesses anticipate that the new statute being drafted by the State Council will help find funding sources for new buses while requiring schools to improve safety measures.

    Li Dusheng, a branding executive at Zhongtong Bus based in eastern Shandong Province, said school buses will become a strategic market for bus manufacturers.(Han Ximin)

 

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