A majority of the educational institutions in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts were not adhering to “mandatory” commissioning of speed governors in educational institutions buses or vans to limit their speed at 40 kms per hour.
The use of pressure horns, in violation of the Supreme Court order, was also found rampant. The motor vehicle act and high court’s order to regulate these institutions’ transport mechanism were also being defied.
During a special day long enforcement drive carried out in different parts of the city by the teams headed by additional deputy commissioner of police Sukhdev Singh and assistant commissioner of police Mohinder Singh, the cops impounded four such buses and six auto-rickshaws while 75 buses were issued challans for violation of the prescribed norms.
Majority of drivers were not even aware about condition of 40 km/hr speed limit to be adhered by them.
This is to mention here that 14 children were killed in school van collision with a truck near Nakodar on March 4, compelling the state government to act sternly to ensure road safety of the students.
The banned pressure horn was found fitted in the Punjab Technical University (PTU) bus (PB09Q3977) while mandatory speed governor was a miss.
“I ply bus at 60 km/hr speed and am not aware that government has ordered to reduce the speed limit to 40 km/hr,” said Chinder Singh, driver, who was not wearing the uniform. The route and timetable were also not displayed at the backside.
The Lovely Professional University (LPU) bus (PB08CB4781) was impounded, as its driver Virsa Singh’s attempts to persuade cops failed.“I don’t use pressure horn despite having the same fitted in the bus. I don’t know about order of commissioning of speed governor,” Singh said, adding he forgot to wear the uniform. There was no conductor in the bus.
Another LPU bus (PB08CB5881) was challened for speed governor and pressure horn violations. On being asked to honk the horn, driver Surinder Singh (not in uniform) exhibited cleverness by immediately changing the switch position and then pressing horn to show as if its sound was within permissible limit.
The traffic cop intervened, shifted the switch to right position and pushed the horn to malke area resident listen high frequency sound of pressure horn. Again, bus was without conductor.
On being caught on wrong foot, Kulwinder Singh, bus driver of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya (PB08 AH 0617) emerged out of the bus with a speed governor in his hand to show the cops that he would get the same fixed very soon.“I ply bus at 60 km/hr. When government ordered buses to ply at less speed?” he questioned.The name of institution was not displayed on both sides of the bus.
“The district transport officer (DTO) ordered us not to use college name on both sides,” he quipped.The Sarvhitkari Vidya Mandir, a school being run by the Rashtriya Swaymasewak Sangh (RSS), too found violating speed limit norm.
“None told us to ply bus at 40 km/hr. We are yet to get speed governor fixed in the bus,” Santosh Mishra, driver of bus (PB08AV0538), said.
City’s prestigious educational arm, the CT group of institutions too was not spared. The CT Public School vehicle (PB08CH1012) was challaned on speed governor deficiency, not adhering to yellow colour norm and for not displaying timetable and the route.
"Our nine school buses are plying at 60 km/hr limit,” Sukhdev Singh, school’s transport in charge said.The buses of DIPS group of educational institutions, Apeejay School (Model Town and New Jawahar Nagar branches); Oxford International School, Begowal; Apex International School, Nakodar; Ivy school; St Joseph Convent School; Doaba Khalsa Model Senior Secondary School, Ladowali Road; The Gurukul, Delhi Public School and CEM college of engineering and management, Kapurthala were also challaned.
ADCP Sukhdev Singh said that the drive would continue unabated and strict action would be taken against the erring institutions for not complying with the norms and the court orders.