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Gurgaon: RTA gives school bus drivers lessons in safety, guidelines

A team of road safety officers too attend session to devise a 27-point performa for drivers to follow

gurgaon Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:49 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Gurgaon traffic police checks school buses during a campaign last Friday. (Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)

The school bus drivers were issued strict directions to follow the rules on Sunday during the three hours orientation programme at the Mini Secretariat here. The session was conducted by the officials of the regional transport authority (RTA) to ensure safety and security of the school students.

Around 250 school bus drivers across the city and a team of road safety officers (RSO) attended the session to devise a 27-point performa for drivers to check whether all rules are confirmed by the vehicles.

Trilok Chand, secretary RTA, said school bus drivers play a very important role in managing and maintaining the school buses, which in turn is crucial for the safety of the school children. Though there have been regular awareness programmes throughout the year, but since the new session has just begun and many new drivers have joined, the department wants to ensure all are trained and adhere to the Surakshit Vahan School policy.

In the training cum awareness session drivers were shown a power point presentation where all the 27 points of the policy were shown and explained.

“Many drivers were not aware of the traffic rules and regulations and about the use of safety devices. We discussed each point and explained why it was important to adhere to. The First-Aid kit kept in many buses were not updated and the drivers were not even aware if they needed to check the medicines expiry date”, said Chand.

“It was an eye opener for many bus drivers. Many drivers were not aware of the responsibilities and duties.,” an RTA official said.

The drivers were asked to ensure they are in uniforms while on duty and are carrying their identity cards. The pickup and drop location should be same and they have to hand over the child to the parents before they leave the stop, they were told.

“By conducting school bus driver training and awareness program, we are trying to ensure that every parent feels safe about their kids when they are travelling in a school vehicle,” said Navdeep Singh, an RSO.

RTA also gave direction to the school not to rotate drivers frequently as his number is shared with the parents and children travelling on the same route are comfortable with the same face.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 23:49 IST