Students at risk; officials say checking on

With the issues of overloading and speeding in school vehicles far from being resolved, the safety of the children travelling in these vehicles continues to be a concern for the parents in the district.

Though the transport and police officials initiated steps to prevent the drivers of school vehicles from violating the rules, there is little change at the field level. On Friday, a speeding school van of a private school, which was carrying more than 30 children, hit a motorcycle near Chithode, leaving the rider of the two-wheeler seriously injured. The accident took place when the school van driver was overtaking a truck. “The vehicle was overloaded when the accident took place,” a police official said.

Though none of children who travelled in the vehicle injured, the incident once again brought to light issues of speeding and overloading.

An official in the transport department says motor vehicle inspectors are being deputed to conduct checks on a regular basis. “We are organising awareness programmes regularly. We hope the violations will come down,” the official says.