Abu Dhabi Police have released a video on social media reminding motorists to halt when school buses have their 'stop' sign in use.
Drivers who fail to do so will incur a fine of Dh1,000 and receive 10 penalty points on their licences.
Police said the sign requires all vehicles on both sides of the bus to stop at a minimum distance of five metres.
School bus drivers who do not use the ‘stop’ sign will be fined Dh500 and six traffic points will be added to their licences.
As per rules by the Department of Municipalities and Transport’s Integrated Transport Centre in Abu Dhabi, school bus drivers must also use their hazard lights when pupils are crossing roads from designated areas.
This is a part of a new campaign called ‘For Your Safety and Your Children Are In Safe Hands’ that focuses on increasing school bus safety during the new academic year.
Safety rules require bus drivers to carry out daily maintenance checks on the vehicles.
They must obey speed limits, ensure they keep to the designated routes and see that the bus is empty at the end of their journeys.