With schools failing to comply with the safety norms of Surakshit School Vahan Policy inside their buses, the district administration on Friday finally began to penalise the violators.
On the first day of the drive, three school buses were impounded while nine challans were issued for safety violations in schools buses
Surprisingly, most of these violations were in city’s top school buses
Yadvindra Public School, Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, and DPS Patiala were among those schools whose vehicles were impounded and challaned for not having CCTV cameras and lack of safety grills on the bus windows. Besides their drivers did not have requisite driving licence and vehicles were found without registration papers.
District transport officer Deepak Bhatia said the staff of the transport department and members of district child protection committee were part of the drive and checking of buses will continue till schools do not meet up the required obligations under the policy.
“The administration does not want deterrent in the society as we want the schools themselves to take this issue seriously since it deals with the safety of children, for which they are equally responsible,” said district child officer Shaina Kapoor.
Additional district transport officer Bhupinder Singh said they did not let the children suffer during impounding of buses. “First we allowed the bus driver to drop all the students and thereafter the buses were taken into custody. Our gunman was inside the impounded buses during dropping of the children,” he said.
Local officials said the schools have been given enough time to comply with norms but they have failed to fully follow it.
As per the data are taken from the administration, 25 school buses had been challaned in the last two months