Daily we are greeted by the horrible look of overcrowded school buses, vans or rickshaws in the morning. Everyone of us must have thought about the unthinkable accident of the school children in that vehicle at least once in our life time. And think for a minute what will happen if these school vehicles are carrying more than its capacity of students in the curved roads and hairpin bends of mountains and hills? That was happened in April this year in Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh government's principal secretary (Transport) Mr. Jagdish Sharma issued an order last week related to school buses, vans and cabs. According to him, more than 15 years older vehicles are not allowed to fetch school children. This order was issued after a school bus met with an accident in Kangra district, April this year. That accident 28 lives including children between the age group of 9 to 12 years.
There are other mandatory orders for drivers are there in that order. Age of drivers of the school vehicles should be less than 60 years , and they should have 5 experience in driving heavy vehicles and drivers should also undergo eye-checkup every year.
Moreover there were rules for the vehicles to follow. Each school vehicle should have vehicle tracking system, CCTV camera, grills on windows. And the vehicle's speed limit is 40 kmph. The vehicle should carry only one and half times of the seating capacity, it declared in the vehicle registration certificate. And the driver and conductor should wear a neat uniform with their name in it. This is a welcome order from Himachal Pradesh government. Every state should follow this.
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