The Gurgaon district administration has decided to crack down on buses and private vehicles that ferry school children if they don't adhere to safety norms and directions issued by the High Court and Supreme Court.
District Magistrate PC Meena on Thursday invoked Section 144 of CrPC for enforcing these guidelines strictly in the district. He has also directed all the concerned officers to launch a drive to ensure strict enforcement.
The directive comes after 11 school children died in an accident in Ambala on Monday as they were on their way to school on a foggy morning.
On finding any violation, the guilty will be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The school management will be held responsible for lack of safety measures in school buses or vehicles. The driver will be held liable only for driving-related offences.
These directions were issued by the district magistrate while presiding over a meeting of senior officers of the district administration on Thursday.
He said that he would also write to all school principals to ensure that buses or vehicles had all the necessary safety equipment. Schools have been given 15 days' time keeping in mind the ongoing winter break to make sure all guidelines are followed. Then, they have to submit an affidavit to the regional transport authority (RTA) that all the measures have been taken.