Students of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, faced a lot of inconvenience after district transport officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg, with the help of the traffic wing, Ludhiana, towed away at least 13 private school vans for violating the Supreme Court directions, on Thursday.
Talking to HT, Garg said, “The school vans were challaned as a part of our drive against school bus operators for violating various norms.
We had given enough time for private bus/van operators to follow the apex court guidelines but to no avail. Many drivers fled from the spot when they were asked to show the papers, due to which, the vehicles have been impounded.”
Garg said, “Students were sent in buses that were found following the set norms,” adding, the idea was not to create any inconvenience but to punish the violators.
A student, seeking anonymity, said, “I had to call my parents to pick me up today, as the bus driver went missing during the drive.”
Harjeet Singh, assistant commissioner of police (ACP), said, “We have issued total 30 challans to van operators for violating norms.”
He added that vehicles were impounded because most of the school buses were not painted yellow, horizontal grills were not fitted, fire extinguishers were missing and qualified attendants were unavailable.
“Many others did not have the school name and telephone numbers displayed on them, strictly against the apex court guidelines, ”he said.