Violating traffic rules, 25 school vans challaned in Bathinda

Fearing safety of kids, parents, NGOs had lodged plaints

Violating traffic rules, 25 school vans challaned in Bathinda

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 13

The police on Thursday issued challans to 25 vans and mini-buses of a convent school here for violating traffic rules. Action was taken after parents of students and city-based NGOs expressed concern over the safety of children. They had also lodged complaints in this regard.

The police said issuing challans to school vans and buses were necessary so as to avoid any mishap.

Talking to Bathinda Tribune, DSP Aaswant Singh said, “Challans were issued to school vans and buses of St. Xavier’s School, which were found violating traffic rules. Parents of students studying in the school and a few city-based NGO members had raised concern over the safety of children travelling in these vans. Demanding appropriate action, they had also filed complaints in this regard.”

“It was brought to our notice that many school vans and buses ferry students beyond the permissible limit, putting their lives at risk. Moreover, residents have also expressed concern over wrong and haphazard parking by these buses. Upon checking, these violations were found true. Thereafter, appropriate action was taken,” he added.

The DSP said, “Haphazard parking led to traffic snarls in various parts of the city so drivers have been asked to park their vehicles on the school premises or at an empty place. The checking of schools vans will remain continue in other schools as well in the coming days.”

On being asked that the school management have levelled allegations that the officer was seeking admission for some students to the school and when it was denied, challans were issued to vans, DSP said, “There is no such thing. We have taken action against those school vans which were found violating traffic rules.”

Iqbal Singh, incharge of the traffic police, said, “A total of 25 school vans were issued challans for violating traffic rules, including wrong parking. We took action after receiving complaints.”

Despite repeated attempts, the school management could not be contacted.

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