Transportation Minister Israel Katz announced Monday that fire extinguishing
systems were required on all buses, following reports of accidental fires on
multiple vehicles. Fire detection mechanisms will be installed in both the
engine compartments and the batteries of the buses, the Transportation Ministry
As part of the new safety regulation, Katz has tightened
supervision on bus maintenance, and all bus companies will need to ensure that
their buses pass a series of monthly tests in areas like fuel leakage, braking
systems and tire condition, the office said.