The Chinese government introduced the mandatory Global Positioning Systems for vehicles transporting dangerous goods and long-distance buses.
The decision was made after 62 people died in the past two days in traffic accidents. On Sunday 53 people died and on Monday a speeding truck crashed into a Toyota van in Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, killing nine people. On a single accident on Sunday, 5 people were killed and 8 were injured after a three-wheel farm vehicle overturned on a mountain road in Shaanxi.
The worst accident took place on Sunday at 2:40 a.m. after a double-decker sleeper bus crashed into a tanker carrying methanol, and was engulfed in flames. From the total of 39 passengers, 36 were killed the other two being in critical condition. The number of accidents and deaths over this 48 hour period shocked the entire nation and made the government adopt a series of measures.
One such measure would be the fact that beginning next week all passenger buses travelling from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. will be banned in the Shaanxi province. All vehicles transporting dangerous goods and long-distance passenger buses will have GPS by the end of this year.