CIRCULAR FOR PARENTS OF ALL PRIVATE VAN USERS
We have been sharing our concern repeatedly about safe transportation for all children to and from home to school. The same was stated in the last circular sent on 18th August 2018 asking for the undertaking cum declaration for the same.
Please note that there is strict order by the Hon’ble Supreme Court for the private cabs being used to ferry students of their schools, especially in cases where such private vans/cabs (hired by parents) are to mandatorily follow the guidelines mentioned below. School authorities shall check these vans for compliance of the same and in case of non compliance, the same shall be reported to the concerned authorities.
1. Ensure the van/cab is registered with Transport Department under the School Cab Scheme of the Private Motor Registration Act.
2. To ensure safety of children, the vehicle registered under the scheme should be equipped with safety features including speed governors, GPRS devices, Fire Extinguisher and a First Aid Box.
3. The dropping time for children using private cabs is not earlier than 15 minutes before school starts.
4. Parents should provide private bus/ van/ cab driver’s verification to School if not submitted already.
5. Parents should ensure that there is a lady attendant/mother-volunteer always present in the van.
6. That the maximum number of children in the van is limited as per norms based on type of vehicle.
7. There must be no use of illegal/over loaded vehicles for transporting of their school going children.
8. Parents to give prior intimation to the school regarding any change of driver / vehicle .
9. In case of all vehicles hired by parents, the drivers’ character and antecedent verification is to be provided to the school by the parents.
It has also been observed that, as per the convenience of the van drivers, the children are dropped off outside the School gate well before time in the morning as well as at an undue distance from the gate.
Parents are advised to monitor the drivers deployed personally, to ensure the safety of the children.
These guidelines have been shared with you as per the safety norms issued by the Transport Department and the Directorate of Education.