Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis has said that educational institutions and drivers, operators, owners of vehicles, transporting schoolchildren should follow government guidelines regarding children’s safety in the district. She was chairing a meeting of representatives of educational institutions and officials of the transport, public instruction, and police departments at the District Offices Complex here recently. Ms. Francis said that all vehicles carrying schoolchildren should have insurance documents and fitness certificates.
They should maintain a first-aid box in their vehicles. There should be an emergency exit and all facilities necessary for safety, she said. These vehicles should be painted yellow and have the words ‘School Bus’ clearly painted on all its four sides. Speed governors should be installed and the vehicles should be in good condition.