The Secretary General of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Dr. Chinnapat Bhumirat, reported that the Ministry of Education proposed a budget to buy 1,000 vans for small schools under OBEC's supervision with the aim of creating effective teaching and learning and upgrading the quality of the learners. These vans, to be taken care of by local administrative offices, will be used to pick up students to and from schools as well as local community members. However, there is a concern that drivers of the vans will not be as qualified as those driving OBEC’s school buses.
Dr. Chinnapat added that, even though ways to put this into practice were unclear, after the vans had been approved, the major issues of driver competency, petrol bills and safety regulations should be obvious. For example, the vans should have two plates with orange background and the message, "School Van", written in black. The first one will be placed at the front and the second at the rear of each van.