Following a spate of deaths of schoolchildren in accidents, the Gurgaon traffic police have decided to tighten its noose around schools violating the 14-point safety guidelines issued by the Supreme Court.
“We have issued notices to all those schools whose drivers have been involved in violation of traffic norms in the past. These drivers are putting the lives of students at risk,” said DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora.
She said the schools have been told to direct the drivers to follow traffic rules. “We have also told them to either sack the guilty drivers or cancel the contracts of the bus operators,” said Arora. “We will not tolerate any violation of rules. A fresh campaign to check the level of adherence of safety norms will be launched,” she added.
The school authorities, however, termed these actions as “arm twisting techniques used by the administration at times”.
Earlier, the Gurgaon district administration had asked school authorities to ensure compliance of all safety instructions issued by the traffic police department as well as the directions issued by the high court and Supreme Court. District magistrate PC Meena has invoked Section 144 of Cr PC for enforcement of these guidelines in the district.
As per the directions of the city administration, in case of any violation, the owner of the bus will be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. The school management/owner and principal can be held responsible while the driver will be held responsible only for his driving related offence. Arora said that even private vehicles like vans, cabs, autorickshaws and rickshaws ferrying school children were bound to follow the safety measures.
In case you come across any school bus driver violating traffic norms, you can lodge a complaint on Gurgaon Traffic Police page on Facebook, inform the police control room on phone numbers 100 and 0124-2316100 or inform the deputy commissioner's office on 0124- 2325500 and 2321144