New Delhi: Delhi government on Wednesday directed all schools under it to strictly follow the Supreme Court guidelines on plying of school buses and prescribed certain new norms to ensure safety of students using school transport.
The direction came a week after death Jaskiran Chawla, a class-X student at Punjabi Bagh`s Hansraj Model School when he stuck his head out of the window of the school bus and hit it against an electricity pole.
Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, after a meeting with top officials of police, education and transport departments, said government will not compromise with safety of the children and norms set by Supreme Court will have to be strictly followed by bus operators and schools` management.
He said each school will have to appoint a school bus incharge who will oversee the bus operation and will ensure that children on board the vehicles reach their destinations safely.
As per the directive, all schools will have to finalise a route plan for their buses and the route plan, along with the list of children traveling by buses and designated bus stops, should be submitted to the traffic police, transport department and Directorate of Education by August 15.
Lovely said appointment of a conductor with a valid
licence would be mandatory by September 30 for all school buses in addition to the attendant. He said the windows of the buses must have three grills with a maximum gap of 20CM.
The Supreme Court had set specific guidelines for plying of school buses which included fitting of horizontal grills on windows of the vehicles.
As per the guidelines all such vehicles must have a first-aid box and the doors of the bus should be fitted with reliable locks. There must be an attendant from the school in the bus.
The speed of the vehicles has already been fixed at 40KM per hous and a driver in violation of the speed limit will first be issued notices while a second time offence would attarct cancellation of the driving licence.
"Delhi government is committed to providing safe and reliable bus services to school-going students", he said and warned violation of norms will attract punitive action.