With growing number of accidents involving school vans and buses exposing students’ life to risks regularly, the district administration on Saturday sought from the schools details of vans/buses and drivers.
The administration also asked the schools to be extra vigilant as far as ferrying of students by school vans was concerned.
With outdated vehicles being used as school vans and the problem of overloading continue to exist much against the safety norms enforced by the administration, district transport officer (DTO) Lovejeet Kalsi issued a circular, seeking the requisite details concerning vans, drivers, operators, registration certificate, etc, from the schools.
Kalsi, who recently held a drive to pin down vehicles plying without registration number and impounded four of such vehicles, said: “We won’t compromise on this issue as it involves the safety of children. The schools will have to take responsibility, as the vans are operating from their premises and ferrying their children. Even if the van is on contract, the kids travelling in those vans belong to the schools.”
Divulging detail of the meeting with representatives of various schools, the DTO said: “We apprised them with the seriousness of the issue and handed over to them hand outs for furnishing details about the vans and drivers. The police verification of the driver is a must.”
“The details we sought from the schools included their name and contact number, contact number of transportation coordinator, van number, seating capacity, manufacturing year of vans, names of drivers and their licence number, police verification of the drivers and any past FIR against drivers,” she added.
The DTO claimed that the school van that crashed into a tree on the Ajnala road was 19-year-old, in which a schoolgirl was seriously injured.
“Our only concern is that the schools must ensure the safety of the students travelling in buses,” she added.
An appeal to parents
The DTO, meanwhile, requested the parents to keep a watchful eye on the vans in which their wards travel.
“I request the parents not to send their kids in the buses which are overloaded or outdated, as our effort is to ensure the safety of kids,” she said.
Checking of unregistered vans to continue: DTO
The DTO claimed that maximum school vans plying on city roads were unregistered. “We are going to be tough on them. I will personally make regular checks to curb the menace,” she added.
DAV International School principal Anjana Gupta said: “It’s a good move by the administration. It’s a collective responsibility of the schools and the administration to ensure that schoolchildren commute in safe buses. I will ensure that the vans of my school abide by the norms.”
Spring Dale Senior School principal Rajiv Sharma said: “It’s a serious issue and the administration needs to be pro-active to ensure that only genuine and safe school vans ply on the roads. We already have given needed details and will cooperate with the administration.”