School bus impounded after driver found drunk early morning

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2015 11:11 IST
Drunken bus driver Jaswinder Singh sitting in front of the bus, looking at the challan issued by traffic police cop at Balongi Barrier in SAS Nagar on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. (HT Photo)

The traffic police impounded a school bus of Smart Wonders School in Sector 71 after its driver was found under the influence of liquor early morning on Tuesday. The bus was on way from Kharar to the school when stopped for checking a Balongi light point around 8am. The bus was carrying about 40 students, who were shifted to another bus.

The driver has been identified as Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Abalpur village in Kharar. The traffic police asked the driver to show documents and when he came out, he was stinking of alcohol. He was put under the alcometer and found overdrunk.

The police found that the driver was driving the school bus without the driving licence, registration certificate of the vehicle and the attendant was without uniform.

SP (traffic) Swaranjit Singh Bains said the bus had been challaned and impounded.

Traffic incharge inspector Gurmeet Singh Sohal said that as per the guidelines of the apex court for the school buses, a report had been compiled and submitted to the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), SAS Nagar.


Director of Smart Wonders School, Sandeep Singh, said the bus had a lady attendant, CCTV and also fitted with GPS. He said when the bus got late, the contractor told him that the police had impounded the bus as the driver was not carrying the papers.

SDM Lakhmir Singh said that the report from the traffic police had been received and the notice would be issued to the school authorities for clarification.


The alcohol content in the body of the driver was three times the permissible limit. The police said 30mg alcohol in blood was not an offence, but it was 82.7mg in this case.


The driver was driving the bus without a driving licence, registration certificate and attendant was found without uniform.

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