CM Thakur- directs for strict implementation of safety norms in school buses

Apr 12, 2018 17:45 | Poltics

Regional Transport Officers and Sub Divisional Magistrates would check the buses or vehicles being used by the schools, every three months

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma) 12/04/18

The state government is reworking on the safety of the school children’s travel. CM Jai ram Thakur prsised over a high level meeting in this regards ttoday and directs for strict implementation of safety norms in school buses. The government of HP  doesn’t want to be lenient on this field after the recent death of 23 children in a school bus accident in Kangra district.

CM has directed the authorities  that Every vehicle being used to carry school children must be driven by a driver having a minimum experience of five years in driving such categories of vehicles and must not have any record of traffic offences. In addition, all the safety related provisions for the safe plying of students to school and back home must be efficiently implemented.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated while presiding over the meeting of senior officers of the state government regarding transportation safety issues pertaining to private schools, that  the school bus accident in Nurpur was tragic and effective steps should be taken so that such types of incidents were not repeated in the future.

The Chief Minister said, “The main focus should be on strengthening and regulation of existing laws and guidelines applicable for buses and taxis and other means of transport for transportation of students by the private schools. He said that any violation in driving must be dealt strictly. There must be appropriate permits for the vehicles to carry students and the concerned authorities must launch campaign to tackle violations of the safety measures.”

Thakur said that the high level committee constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to regulate traffic safety issues pertaining to private schools in the state must give its report within four days so that the recommendations could be finalized and effectively enforced for the safety of students.

He said ,” all the guidelines issued by the CBSE, Hon'ble Supreme Court and the National Disaster Management Authority would be effectively implemented. All the school buses should be first hand, in good condition and as per the specification laid down by the competent authorities. Effective feedback mechanism must be evolved to check and improve implementation of existing laws. All the buses owned by the private schools must be painted yellow and those owned by HRTC being used as school buses must have a boldly written 'School bus' on the front and rear of the buses.”

The Chief Minister said that the strict action should be taken against the vehicle carrying excess of its permitted sitting capacity. The buses plying students should have all the required equipments such as first aid box, fire extinguisher etc. He directed the officers to effectively enforce all the laws enacted for the safety of the children.

He said that the committee should also recommend steps to be taken by private schools to involve parents and local community for safe transportation of students.

Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhary who is the Chairman of the committee assured the Chief Minister that the committee will submit its suggestions within the stipulated time period.

The decision was taken in the meeting that an extensive drive would be undertaken in the state during next ten days in which Regional Transport Officers and Sub Divisional Magistrates would check the buses or vehicles being used by the schools. These checks would be repeated after a period of three months and government would also consider making the rules for passing of the vehicles more stringent. It was also decided to conduct medical check-up of the drivers of the school buses.      

  Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Advocate General Ashok Sharma, Additional Chief Secretaries Smt. Manisha Nanda and  Ram Subhag Singh, ADGP Law and Order  Anurag, Managing Director HRTC  Sandeep Bhatnagar, Director Transport  B.C. Badalia, Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amit Kashyap, Superintendent of Police Shimla  Omapati Jamwal, Director, Elementary Education  Manmohan Sharma were also present in the meeting.