Royal city's new traffic violators are unlicenced teenagers, who continue to drive rashly without helmets risking their lives along with others plying on roads, right under the nose of authorities.
While the school authorities refuse to take any responsibility, the traffic police lean a soft hand on them.
According to information, this year so far, out of the total 3,218 challans, 50% are issued for triple riding followed by 252 to unlicenced riders, have been teenagers.
Principal of Buddha Dal Public School Amrit Aujla said, "We check the licence of the students, who park their vehicles on the school premises. However, there are students, who park their vehicles outside the school premises, in the streets, we cannot check them. It's responsibility of the parents - they should stop their children from riding vehicles without licence or get them licence soon."
The law prescribes that the children between 16 and 18 years of age can be given only learners' licence, that too, for the vehicles without gear.
On the contrary, maximum students, especially boys, could be seen riding bikes with gears and behind wheels of four wheelers in violation of the law.
Commuters, on the other hand, rue that children driving/riding vehicles without any supervision and learning experience are creating traffic chaos and danger to lives on the roads.
Simaranjit Kaur of Ajit Nagar said: "Most of the schools in Patiala are located in residential areas, where students park their vehicles in bylane creating chaos on roads after school hours. The parents need to understand that it's not funny or encouraging to let their wards break rules."
Most of the unlicenced teens say their parents are the ones who taught driving to them.
Harman Singh of DLF Colony said: "If the parents are not interested in insuring their children's safety, at least school teachers and traffic authorities should guide and inform them about the risks involved in driving on the road."
Parents, on the other hand, opine since their children have to go to various tuitions, providing a vehicle is essential, as they cannot accompany their children to tuitions due to work commitments.
In 2012, the traffic authorities had conducted campaigns in various schools for issuing learning licence to eligible candidates, but no such initiative has been taken so far this year.
Being an educational hub of the Malwa belt, Patiala has large students' concentration; but, instead of preventing teenagers from breaching rules, the authorities have taken refuge in ignorance of the matter.
We have been issuing challans of the students violating the traffic rules, but it is the duty of the parents to prevent their teenage children from driving vehicle
Hardeep Singh, district traffic incharge
Many teenage motorcycle riders are found involved in snatching cases. They drive rashly without any traffic sense. The authorities should impose strict penalty on them
Harcharan Singh, a resident of Raja Avenue
Traffic policemen can be seen outside most of the schools after school hours, but they do not check students riding bikes with gears right in front of their eyes.
Maninder Singh, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar
The parents and the school authorities seem to be insensitive towards the issue, as they do not realise the seriousness and effect of this growing problem
Naresh Kumar, a resident of Bagchi Mangaldas