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RTO puts school bus drivers through refresher course on safe driving

Hoping to improve the safety of children travelling in school buses, the transport department has begun putting school bus drivers through a refresher course.

mumbai Updated: Jan 09, 2011 01:04 IST
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Hoping to improve the safety of children travelling in school buses, the transport department has begun putting school bus drivers through a refresher course.

“This refresher course is much needed as many drivers don’t know the basic steps to be taken in case of an accident. We have informed schools and the associations involved in running school buses about these courses,” said a RTO official from Andheri, on condition of anonymity.

All drivers, whose licences have expired, have been compulsorily asked to go through this hour-long training. “It is important that school bus drivers don’t get diverted by the actions of children sitting inside the bus. Such training will surely help them stay focused on the job,” said Vandana Lulla, principal, Podar International High School.

These drivers are first asked to decipher the basic signage on roads, steps to be taken in case of an accident where they have time to at least evacuate children and videos showing results of rash driving.

Transport experts in the industry who are imparting training to these drivers, said, “The drivers have licences for driving buses but no special training is given to sensitise them to driving with kids inside. They generally drive rashly and suddenly brake without realising that those sitting inside are children.”

Officials rue that it cannot be made mandatory, but feel that such courses need to be made mandatory as school bus drivers are known to be rash. “We cannot make this training compulsory. But, we have asked them to send school bus drivers for the training in the interest of the children,” said

Dilip Jadhav, transport commissioner. Sources said that till now around 100-odd school bus drivers had already been given this refresher course and have been promised a certificate for attending the course.

“We have asked our drivers to actively participate in this refresher course,” said Harsh Kotak, member, School Bus Owners’ Association.