Punjab

School buses run at full speed ignoring the Apex court guidelines, authorities sleep until precious lives lost

Raghbir Singh Brar | February 16, 2020 05:16 PM

No speed governors, some do not have conductors, no fire extinguishers, school buses continue to float the norms in connivance with the police and transport department. Each school bus is mandated to have two ABC type fire extinguishers of 5 kg capacity with ISI mark, which are rarely seen in school buses.

A detailed circular in this regarding has been issued by deputy secretary, affiliations, K. Srinivasan on February 23, 2017.

FARIDKOT: The tragic incident of four children getting burnt inside a school bus near Longowal town of Sangrur district, makes it evident that most of the school buses still do not follow the guidelines as laid down by the honourable Supreme court of India in 2017 and continue to ignore the instructions of the Central Board of Secondary Education New Delhi. The school heads, transport authorities and traffic police tend to ignore the violations.

After this horrific incident, authorities would wake up for a while and then again there would be a lull, allowing the school buses to ply as usual floating the laid down guidelines.

The CBSE, in light of different verdicts by the Apex court regarding the school buses,  issued a circular on 23.02.2017 mandating it that the schools buses must have two fire extinguishers of ABC type with a 5 kg of capacity having ISI mark. But most of the school buses do not have the fire distinguishes.

The school buses even continue to float the speed limits too. As per the guidelines of the Apex court and mentioned in the circular by the CBSE, the school buses must have a speed governor not allowing them more than a speed of 40 KMS per hour ensuring the safety of the school children.

Furthermore, the guidelines also hold the head of the school responsible for any lapse in this regarding and he or she may attract legal action and even school found in violation of the norms about school buses can be disaffiliated as per the bylaws of the CBSE for affiliation.

The school buses also must have a conductor for the safety of the children, but most of the school buses do not hire the services of a conductor as it costs the school.

When asked about not having conductors in the school buses from the transport manager of the CBSE affiliated school tried brush aside the question that they have teachers in every bus.

Though the guidelines for the safety of school children also direct the school authorities that the details of the driver, including his license number, name, address and contact details, contact number of school authorities and help line number of transport authorities must be displayed, yet it is rarely seen.

Only contact number is displayed at the back of the bus, but other details are hidden.The buses do not have the first aid boxes and drinking water inside them as per guidelines, it is often seen.

The drivers are in such a hurry to reach school in time that they cross the laid down speed limits on even link roads.

The driver of the bus also must wear a uniform as prescribed by the state transport department with his name plate and name of the owner of the bus embossed on it. But most of the drivers’ dot not wears any uniforms too.

The police and transport authorities do not take much notice of these violations because the schools are being run by the influential business men and have political approach. They try to make more profit giving the students very limited facilities which sometimes leads to the serious accidents.

 

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