The regional transport authority (RTA) has served notices to 25 private schools across the city for violation of safety norms by their cabs used in ferrying students.
Notices have been issued for offences like not installing a speed governer or not carrying a first-aid box and a fire extinguisher, which are mandatory for such vehicles.
“We have sent notices to these schools and asked the school authorities to follow the safety norms and direct their drivers to abide by the instructions issued by the Supreme Court as well as the high court,” said RTA secretary Dharmendra Singh.
Earlier, the city administration had issued instructions for school buses and private school van operators to ensure safety of the school children.
”The school managements and owners will be held responsible for lack of safety measures in the school buses or vehicles and the drivers will be liable only for his driving related offences,” said Singh
The RTA secretary said that his department has recommended cancellation of commercial driving licenses of at least 40 vehicle drivers who were repeatedly caught violating traffic rules.
“We had earlier issued notices to schools whose vans were caught violating safety norms. The offenders put lives of student at risk,” said Singh.
According to the traffic police department, it has sent several reminders to 100 schools, seeking their compliance reports on the implementation of safety measures in school vans. But till February 1, the deadline set for their response, only 20 of them responded.