School vans, autos can ferry only nine children at a time

Worried to see your child being stuffed into an overloaded school van or auto?

india Updated: Jul 27, 2011 01:06 IST
Sunil Thapliyal
Sunil Thapliyal
Hindustan Times

Worried to see your child being stuffed into an overloaded school van or auto?

This is all set to change as the police department has asked private operators to not ferry more than nine students at a time.

Drivers have also been directed not to load school bags on the roof-mounted luggage carriers of vans as this increases the threat of toppling over.

“Parents often raise this issue as they feel unsure about their child's safety. The overloaded vans, buses and autos have also been involved in many accidents earlier too,” said SS Deswal, Gurgaon police commissioner.

“To ferry children to and fro school, many parents have hired mini vans but their heart skips a beat when they see their children packed like sardines. Drivers often put the safety of children in serious jeopardy,” Deswal added.

Drivers are often seen driving rashly or not following traffic rules.

“We will not tolerate any lapse on part of van, auto and bus operators. If found overloading, action will be taken against the guilty and we can cancel their contract. The safety of children is our prime concern and we cannot compromise on it,” said Ramesh Kapoor, chairman of Ajanta Public School, Gurgaon.

School authorities are also responsible for mismanagement of the transport service for ferrying students.

“According to Supreme Court guidelines, overloading of school vehicles is against the law and we will take tough action against those who break this rule,” said the police commissioner.

First Published: Jul 27, 2011 01:05 IST