A special team from the state transport department will conduct surprise checks in schools to check the status of school buses as per directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court transportation scheme called 'Safe School Vaahan'.
According to sources, the team can visit anytime from the state headquarters for a check to ensure school buses have been checked by the district transport office as per the scheme regulations and directions.
The district transport officer has issued strict instructions to the schools to submit an affidavit to the district education officer that they have made their buses up-to-date with the directions including the colour of the vehicle, speed governor, qualifications of the bus driver and conductor, traffic rules, uniforms, first aid, fire extinguisher and that the school management is responsible if the school vehicle is involved in an accident.
The last date for submitting the affidavit is September 8 after which strict action will be taken by the district transport department against the schools.
District transport officer RP Singh said 50% schools of the district had submitted the affidavit. "Around 100 schools of the district have not submitted the affidavit. Strict legal action will be taken against the schools that will not submit their affidavit by Monday," he added.
The schools have also been asked to make a school management committee including the principal or vice principal, teachers and parents to keep a check on bus drivers.
Head constable Rajinder Mehta said schools would also appoint a senior faculty or vice principal as nodal officer, termed as 'traffic marshal,' to create awareness among drivers and conductors about the traffic rules and also enforcement of the rules.
"The traffic marshal should be available at the parking area of the school during mornings and when school ends," he added.
The traffic police checked buses at Apeejay School and held a seminar for school drivers on Wednesday. "We checked the buses as per high court guidelines including bus driver and conductor uniforms, first aid, speed governor, and whether wipers are working or not. We have also asked the drivers to provide the mobile number of the conductor or attendant of the bus to the parents so that the parents do not call drivers and disturb them while driving," said Rajinder Mehta who held the seminar and inspection with traffic officials Shamsher Singh and Ramesh Kumar here.