New law to mon­i­tor school buses, car­pool­ing in Delhi

Millennium Post - - CITY -

The pro­posal is likely to be made part of the Delhi School Cab Rules, 2017, which would be en­forced later this year

NEW DELHI: Delhi gov­ern­ment is likely to en­force a rule to en­sure that schools mon­i­tor buses and vans fer­ry­ing stu­dents, along with draft­ing a law for car­pool­ing in the city.

The rec­om­men­da­tion came from a high-level com­mit­tee formed to look af­ter se­cu­rity of chil­dren in schools.

The pro­posal is likely to be made part of the Delhi School Cab Rules, 2017, which is ex­pected to come into ef­fect by the end of this year. Delhi Trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot will work on the mat­ter.

The rule will in­clude points such as max­i­mum seat­ing ca­pac­ity and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of staff, be­sides en­sur­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity of school ad­min­is­tra­tions to­wards safety of chil­dren.

The com­mit­tee was for­mu­lated amid in­creased con­cern over safety of stu­dents, af­ter the rape of a five-year-old girl at her school in Shah­dara and the mur­der of a seven-year-old boy in Gu­ru­gram's Ryan In­ter­na­tional School. These new ini­tia­tives are fo­cused on en­sur­ing safety of school­child­ren.

In the in­ci­dent at Ryan In­ter­na­tional School, it was found that most of the CCTVS were not func­tional.

The Delhi gov­ern­ment ob­served that it does not want to over­look any as­pect in pro­tec­tion of chil­dren, be it in school or on the way to school.

Af­ter study­ing var­i­ous re­ports, the gov­ern­ment found that many ac­ci­dents take place in school buses and in car­pools.

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment also as­serted that many par­ents have con­cerns over modes of trans­port. The com­mit­tee will also en­sure the back­ground check of the driv­ers and con­duc­tors of school buses.

The gov­ern­ment is likely to take help from ex­perts and police of­fi­cials in this mat­ter.

"The com­mit­tee will look into all safety as­pectsm be it in trans­port or the con­duct of the non-teach­ing staff. It will sub­mit its rec­om­men­da­tions within a month," Deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia had said.

On Septem­ber 11, Siso­dia had or­dered schools in Delhi to in­stall CCTV cam­eras cov­er­ing their en­tire premises and to com­plete police ver­i­fi­ca­tion of their non-teach­ing staff within three weeks.

Over 10,000 pri­vate vans and buses ferry school chil­dren in Delhi, a Trans­port de­part­ment of­fi­cial claimed. He said that as of July 2017, 900 vans had been im­pounded and close to 2,000 fined for flout­ing per­mit norms as part of a drive.

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