Schools reopen on June 1; Know the safety measures of school transport vehicles

The safety measures of school transport vehicles are listed below.

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The vehicle should have a board that reads ‘Education Institution Vehicle’ on the front and rear sides. If the vehicle used for transportation of school children is a hired vehicle, a board shall be exhibited at the top of the front and rear ends of the vehicle. On the board “On School Duty" shall be written conspicuously in blue letters on a white background.

The vehicles should have a First-Aid-Box

Every Educational Institution Bus other than a three-wheeled vehicle shall be fitted with a Speed Limiting Device with a speed limit set at 50 km/hr. The maximum speed allowed in school zones is 30km\hr.

Fire extinguisher and GPS should be installed in the vehicles.

The driver of the vehicle must have an experience of at least 10 years in the class of vehicle in which he intends to carry school children.

The driver should wear a uniform of white shirt and black pants. Identity cards are mandatory.

Drivers of public vehicles should wear khaki uniforms.

A driver who has been punished/convicted more than twice in a year for offences like jumping signals, violation of lane discipline or allowing an unauthorized person to drive should not be employed.

A driver who has been punished/convicted even once for the offence of overspeeding, drunken driving and dangerous driving shall not be employed.

There shall be a qualified attendant in the vehicle to attend to the children. For children below the age of 12, two can be seated in a seat. Standing while travelling is not allowed.

The details of those who travel on the bus shall be kept in the vehicle and such details should contain the name of the traveller, the name of the guardian's address and telephone number/mobile number for contact and the said list shall be properly laminated.

The windows of the vehicle shall be fitted with horizontal grills and the doors of the vehicle shall be fitted with reliable locks. There shall be ample space under the seats for keeping school bags safely.

The name and the telephone number of the Educational Institution shall be written at a prominent place on the vehicle.

Any parent/guardian or teacher shall travel in such vehicles to ensure the safety norms.

Teachers must be appointed as nodal officers to oversee the vehicles.

Childline, police, ambulance and fire force numbers should be displayed on the backside of the vehicles.

(With inputs from circular released by General Education Department)

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