Ggn students transport: Scant regard for safety norms
The campaign launched by Regional Transport Authority (RTA) for safe transportation of school students seem to have lost steam as students continue to be ferried in an unsafe manner.
In April this year, the RTA started penalising the school buses and private forms of transport that were flouting the directives laid by the Apex court for transportation of school students.
The key parameters of the directives were identification of the school transport vehicle through yellow and blue paint, installation of speed governors and CCTV cameras and not filling the vehicle with students beyond capacity.
However, after a relentless campaign where more than 100 school vehicles were fined, situation continues to be same.
With most of the private schools charging an exorbitant sum for school transportation, most of the parents are forced to take the services of private forms of transport like cabs and auto for their children. Even after the announcement by the public agency to rein in the modes of transport, school students continue to be filled beyond capacity.
"Our action against the transport vehicles that are flouting the rules will continue. Time and again our officials are taking punitive actions against the drivers. We have also held classes for the drivers to make them aware of the rules," said Trilok Chand, secretary RTA.
"I was forced to admit my child in a private school in Vasant Kunj because they were providing safe and effective school transport facility for my child. It is important for his safety," said Anju Sachdeva, a city resident.