Times of Malta

Minivans and buses used by state schools to transport students are being fitted with tracking devices to monitor their movements, according to a spokesman for the Education Ministry.

So far, 200 of 500 vehicles have been fitted with tracking systems that allow staff at the Directorate for Educational Services, which coordinates transport, to know their whereabouts.

The remaining 300 buses or minivans were in the process of being fitted with the system in line with a condition laid down in the school transport contracts signed in September, a directorate spokes­man explained. He said the directorate decided to start tracking school transport to be able to investigate complaints on delays and speeding. The system will not flag accidents as it would be difficult to determine whether a vehicle was held up in traffic or had stopped because of a collision.