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White coloured school buses will not be allowed to ply from April 1

Gurgaon deputy commissioner(DC) Hardeep Singh on Monday held a meeting with school representatives and asked them to ensure that rules pertaining to school buses are adhered to strictly. It was decided that white coloured private buses, which are often contracted by the schools to ferry children, will not be allowed to ply from April 1

gurgaon Updated: Feb 06, 2017 22:51 IST
Leena Dhankhar
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(From left) DC Traffic Balbir Singh, Deputy Commissioner Hardeep Singh and SDM Sushil Sarwan at the meeting with the representatives of Gurgaon schools on Monday.(PARVEEN KUMAR/HT PHOTO)

The city administration has decided to take strict action against schools violating the transport safety norms and putting the lives of children at risk.

Gurgaon deputy commissioner(DC) Hardeep Singh on Monday held a meeting with school representatives and asked them to ensure that rules pertaining to school buses are adhered to strictly. It was decided that white coloured private buses, which are often contracted by the schools to ferry children, will not be allowed to ply from April 1.

The city’s 350 schools have about 1,610 vehicles that are used to transport children across the city. Out of these, about 300 are white coloured private buses. It was decided at the meeting that these private buses will be phased out by the start of the next academic session.

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Singh also said that the district administration will act against any school that does not comply with the Surakshit School Vahan policy. He also directed that none of the schools should contract transport companies or vehicles that don’t follow the norms strictly. The school managements were also told to install CCTV cameras with adequate backup to store footage for a minimum of six months. The presence of female attendants in buses on which girls travel has also been made mandatory.

The Gurgaon regional transport officer(RTO) has also decided to conduct a verification of school bus drivers and made it clear that they must have a minimum 5 years driving experience. It has also devised a 27-point performa that will be used by drivers to check whether the vehicles meet the required norms and standards.

“We handed copies of Surakshit Vahan policy to representatives of all the schools during the meeting and also gave them forms listing 27 mandatory points that are to be checked out by the drivers. We will conduct surprise checks and penalise drivers who don’t obey the rules,” Trilok Chand, secretary, RTA, said.

“The schools requested us to give them a session’s time to implement new rules and promised to ply only yellow coloured buses,” Chand said.

The RTA officials issued an ultimatum saying the schools have to replace all white coloured buses with yellow coloured ones by the start of the next academic session or else the vehicles would be impounded. The department also promised to organise medical camps from time to time for school bus drivers and staff.

Traffic police officers also asked the school authorities to advise the drivers to drive safely and not exceed the speed limit of 50 kmph.

“We have asked the schools to ensure proper parking and stoppage at designated bus stops. Any driver found parking on the middle of the road will be penalised. We have formed special teams across the city to keep vigil on the school buses,” DCP(Traffic), Balbir Singh, said.