Staff Reporter

Students falling victim to road accidents spurs move

The words `School Bus' should be painted prominently on the busesStudents should not exceed seating capacityFirst aid boxes, fire extinguishers should be provided

HYDERABAD: The city police have appealed to the school managements to adhere to the norms prescribed by the Supreme Court in transporting school children.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the Additional Commissioner, A.K. Khan said the apex court guidelines stipulate that the buses should have boldly painted words `School Bus' on the front and rear ends of the vehicle. The number of students should not exceed the seating capacity. First aid boxes and fire extinguishers in the buses are a must.

Mr. Khan appealed to the school managements to plan in advance and make sure the guidelines are followed in toto from the next academic year. If the managements hired buses, the words `On School Duty' should be prominently displayed. The bus windows bus must be fitted with horizontal grills, school name and telephone numbers should also be written on the bus.

The other guidelines are that there should be a lock on the doors, the bus driver must have at least five years' experience of driving heavy vehicles and must not have earlier record of violating traffic rules.

Attendant

A school representative -- either a teacher or an attendant must travel in the bus to take care of children and separate space should be provided under the seat for keeping the school bags.

The city police would implement these norms in the backdrop of some school students becoming victims of road accidents.