District transport authorities began a special drive to challan school buses violating the Safe School Vahan Policy guidelines issued by the government.
In Amritsar, 10 school buses were impounded as part of the drive on Wednesday.
“We have launched checking of school buses and the ones not meeting the norms of Safe School Vahan scheme would be impounded,” Amritsar district transport officer Lovejeet Kalsi said.
“This will continue in the coming days to ensure that all abide by the norms. We are warning the owners of the vans who are not abiding by the norms and I feel that even the school administration is equally responsible as they allow these vans to operate from their premises,” she added.
School buses which have been running for more than 15 years won’t be allowed on the roads anymore.
In Patiala, the DTO has issued 164 challans to school buses in the past eight months and around 28 challans to schools buses in last two months during such drives.
“As many as 11 buses were found violating speed governor norms, three buses failed fitness norms and five were challaned for speeding and nine for other violations,” DTO Gurpreet Singh Thind said.
Safe School Vahan Scheme
The body of bus should be yellow with horizontal strip in brown
Words 'School Bus' must be written on the back and front of the bus
Provision of emergency door, a first-aid box, fire extinguisher in the bus
School name and phone number must be written on the bus
A woman attendant must
Driver should have five years of experience and should not have been challaned more than twice for traffic offences