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Following a number of worrying reports about Arriva bendy-buses catching fire recently on our roads recently, Pulse – Social Democratic Students of Malta has said that it would like to “express its concern about the impact such incidents have on the nation’s trust in the public transport system.”
“Although the specifics of these occurrences have yet to be established, one cannot but conclude that such issues instil fear among regular commuters, among which is a substantial number of students who as of next month will resume relying on Arriva buses to get to their educational institutions, including University, and Sixth Forms in Malta and Gozo,” Pulse added.
Pulse said it believes that it is of the utmost importance that students and their parents approach another scholastic year with the undisputed knowledge that they can rely on an efficient, safe, and predictable public transport system.
“Therefore,” Pulse said, it would like to “express its satisfaction at the swift response of the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure and Transport Malta, which together with Arriva Malta will be removing all bendy-buses from circulation in order to assure their safety.”
“Actions such as this help restore the confidence of the general public, and guarantee that all necessary precautions are being taken before more serious incidents can occur, Pulse said.
Pulse pointed out that “one must also face the fact that these type of buses currently cover a third of all public transport routes, some of which are of paramount importance to students. Therefore, Pulse appeals that all relevant authorities discuss and find long-term solutions which ensure the utmost efficiency of all route buses.”
Pulse continued by saying that it also sees this incident as “further opportunity for desperately-needed changes to occur. Chief among these is the introduction of more direct buses to educational institutions, including one from Cirkewwa to Msida for Gozitan students, which Pulse has long campaigned for.”
In order to make its voice heard and assure that students’ transport requirements be an integral part of negotiations, Pulse will be meeting Transport Minister Joe Mizzi in the coming weeks. For this reason, they will be accepting any suggestions from students on the future of the transport system on firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is our goal to have a public transport system which truly delivers a quality service on time for everyone, especially students who depend on it as an essential part of their education experience,” Pulse concluded.