Around 500 students of Sacred Heart Higher Secondary Convent School, Sector 39, Chandigarh Road, faced inconvenience on Thursday after district transport officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg impounded 20 private buses ferrying children of the school and challaned two others for violating the Supreme Court directions.
After the DTO impounded the buses, the drivers misbehaved with him and a high drama was witnessed outside the school.
Talking to HT, Garg said, “Twenty schools buses were impounded and two were challaned as part of our drive against school bus operators for violating norms. The buses that have been impounded and challaned are in a bad shape and not fit to run on roads as they are 15 years old. The drivers did not have proper papers of the buses, following which they were impounded.”
Garg said the drivers misbehaved with him and tried to stop them from impounding the buses.
A parent said, “My daughter called me in the afternoon from school and asked me to pick her from school as the buses were impounded by the DTO. So I took a half day from office to pick her up.”
When contacted, principal Sister Ida Paul said, “We are happy with the DTO’s action as he has done his job. We have also directed the bus operators several times to follow the norms laid by the government.
But some of them are still running vehicles on roads which are not fit and very old. For the convenience of students and parents, we have invited other bus operators who have proper documents with them and we have provided them permit.”
Supreme Court guidelines
School buses should be painted yellow
‘School Bus’ must be written on the back and front of the bus. If it is a hired bus, “On School Duty” should be clearly indicated on it
First-aid box must in buses
They should be fitted with speed governor
Windows should be fitted with horizontal grills
Buses should have a fire extinguisher
School name and telephone number must be written on the bus
Doors of the bus should be fitted with reliable locks
There must be a qualified attendant in the bus to attend to children
A parent, guardian or teacher may travel along with students to ensure these safety norms
Bus driver should have at least five years of experience of driving heavy vehicles
A driver who has been challaned more than twice in a year for offences like red light jumping, violation of lane discipline or allowing unauthorised person to driver cannot be employed
A driver who has been challaned even once for speeding, drunken driving and dangerous driving, etc., cannot be employed.