Schools should not penalise drivers for reaching little late, says admn

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2014 23:59 IST

The district administration on Thursday said the school authorities should not take any action against the drivers of buses or auto-rickshaws for reaching the school premises by 5 to 10 minutes late.

Deputy commissioner KK Yadav said this while addressing the principals, school officials and drivers during a seminar conducted by the district administration at MGN Public School.

"Every school should mention this on its notice board that no action should be taken against the driver if any vehicle carrying students reaches late. They (drivers) tend to drive rashly if they get little late due to the fear of action by the school management," Yadav said.

To sensitise the parents of schoolchildren every school must conduct a weekend drive wherein they would check vehicle by travelling in it themselves, he added.

"The school can adopt for sensitising the parents also," he said.

Giving a presentation on the Punjab and Haryana High court guidelines about safe transportation of schoolchildren, the DC said, "The schools will also appoint the vice-principal or a senior faculty member as nodal officer to create awareness about the rules and also enforce them among drivers and conductors."

"The nodal officer should be available at the parking area of the school in the morning and when the school closes. LPG vehicles will not be allowed for transporting students and strict action will be taken against the principal. The details of drivers and vehicle owners should be printed at the back of every school bus or auto-rickshaw," he said.

The district transport officer along with district education officer will hold a camp for drivers and conductors to make them aware about the guidelines.

Yadav also mentioned the guidelines issued by the Bangalore police after the rape incident of a six-year-old.

"We will also adopt the Bangalore police guidelines to prosecute the violators under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code if they fail to follow the guidelines such as all school buses should use CCTV cameras; bus drivers should not be allowed to mingle with children beyond a limit; parents should be issued ID cards to pick their wards and if the parents cannot come to pick they should send an SMS to an authorised person about the same," he said further.

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