Ludhiana: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued comprehensive guidelines on safety of children in school buses. Stating that the guidelines should be scrupulously followed and complied with by all affiliated schools, the Board stated that the management and the head of the school will be held responsible for any lapse which could lead to disaffiliation. The Board has made speed governors with 40 km per hour, GPS and CCTV mandatory for school buses.
The Board divided the guidelines into seven broad categories which include exterior and interior of the bus, manpower and facilities on the bus, permits, and arrangements by school authorities and advisory to parents. CBSE in its circular stated that “the recent unfortunate instances reported in the media about callous approach by certain schools with respect to the safety of school children during transit to and from the school have again agitated deep concern regarding the safety of school children. The time has come to make the schools sensitive to this serious issue and to take proactive remedial measures to ensure that safe transport for school children becomes one of the paramount safety objectives for every CBSE-affiliated school.”
The circular stated that in case of any lapse the school management and the head of the school will have to face appropriate action including disaffiliation of the school as per the provisions under affiliation bye-laws.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways drafted the rules to amend the Central Motor vehicles Rules 1989 in which vehicles weighing more than 3500 kg have to install speed governors in their vehicles. These rules were notified by the central government from April 15, 2015 but state government has failed to send the notification to district transport department.
Even after so many of road deaths recorded in India contributed by trucks, buses and other heavy vehicles, state government has not even sent the notification of ministry of road transport and highways to the department.
Central Government has decided to install speed governor (speed limiting device or speed limiting function) which having the maximum pre-set speed of 80 kilometer per hour conforming to the Standard AIS 018/2001. Two wheelers, three wheelers, quadric cycles, fire tenders, ambulances and police vehicles are not included in this act and need not to be included for installing speed governor.
Central government has also ordered the showroom dealers that they have to fit the speed governors in the vehicles before selling the vehicles. From October 1, 2015, these orders will be implemented among the dealers.
Most of the buses and other transport do not apply speed governor which is causing the concern over the safety of students and other people.
Road safety expert on requesting anonymity informed while talking to Daily Post, “This is a good move to control speed. Number of people killed by buses and trucks from last two or three years stood at close to 30,000. Speeding, has been documented as one of the top three reasons of road crashes and deaths across the globe, claimed many young and innocent lives.”
He added, “Many accidents are reported to have occurred due to speed of the vehicles and many precious lives are lost and scores of people are becoming disabled. Speed control can save many precious lives. This is a very important notification and now the onus is on our enforcement agencies that in spite of the fact the notification in place has hardly enforced and has not heard of even single challenging of not having speed governors.”