The Punjab government has launched a Safe School Vahan Scheme for ensuring safety of school kids and reducing the accident rate of school buses.
Announcing this, transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar said majority of accidents involving the school buses happened due to the unsafe bus body fabrication and the failure of the education institutions to adopt comprehensive periodical preventive maintenance procedure and lack of driving skills among bus drivers.
Stressing upon the need for reducing 'road accidental deaths' in the state, he said a reduction in the increasing deaths due to road accidents was the need of the hour.
The minister said the drivers of the PRTC and PUNBUS who had not met with any accident due to their safe driving on the roads would be awarded at a state-level function. He said PUNBUS and Punjab Roadways stood first and second, respectively, as they were involved in minimum road accidents this year.
He said the Punjab government had initiated an elaborate drive to ensure that the road safety norms were properly implemented. For this purpose, a scheme namely 'Safe School Vahan' had been formulated by the transport department. The school education department had been entrusted with a special responsibility to properly maintain school buses and their use following the norms of the Motor Vehicle Act, and the Supreme Court rulings.
Kohar said instructions had been issued to all district transport authorities to implement the decisions of the transport department. He said all DTOs would be held responsible for any violations of the road safety norms and departmental action would be initiated against him.