Coimbatore Rural District Police have asked those operating vehicles for school students to strictly adher to the guidelines. In a release here, Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore Rural District, N. Kannan, has said that there had been accidents involving vehicles carrying students. The reason was carrying students beyond the permitted limit. If vehicles were found to be carrying more than the permitted number of persons, steps would be taken to confiscate the driving licence. If the vehicle belonging to an educational institution was found to be violating the rule, action would be taken against the institution as well.
Vehicles belonging to the institution should have the name of the institution and phone number clearly written and a board mentioning “School Bus/Van” in the front and rear of the vehicle. There should be cross bars in the window grills to prevent the children from putting their hand or head outside the vehicle. Institutions should ensure that only experienced persons were employed as drivers. The vehicles should have first-aid box and fire extinguishers. There should be separate staff to man doors of the vehilces. If the vehicle driver was found in an inebriated condition, strict action would be initiated against him and his licence would be cancelled. The police have been asked to ensure that sign boards were put up near schools personnel were deployed to regulate traffic. Education institutions and those operating vehicles for school children should comply with these instructions in a week, failing which stringent action would be initiated.