Safer school buses need not be pricey

Safer school buses need not be pricey

Three children on their way to school. Funding student transport is unknown for government-supported schools. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
Three children on their way to school. Funding student transport is unknown for government-supported schools. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Investment in road safety does not only save lives but also maintains potential human capital. As a result, it contributes to a nation's productivity and sustainable economic growth. It is as important as investment toward improvement of human resources skills or quality of education.

The need for safer roads is urgent for Thailand. According to the Public Health Ministry 44% of all deaths among children aged 5-14 years old in 2016 were caused by road crashes. Without the choice of quality transportation, those children had to commute to school using risky types of vehicles, particularly motorcycles. A 2014 study by the Thailand Development Research Institute found the loss of economic potential relevant to the fatalities of these children accounted for 0.13% of Thailand's GDP, the highest rate compared to other age groups.

Nichamon Thongphat is a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Policy analyses from the TDRI appear in the Bangkok Post on alternate Wednesdays.

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Nichamon Thongphat

TDRI researcher

Nichamon Thongphat is a researcher at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Policy analyses from the TDRI appear in the Bangkok Post on alternate Wednesdays.

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