Mangaluru, June 05 2019: A high-level meeting was convened in the city by DCP (Traffic and Crime) Lakshmi Ganesh, ACP Manjunath Shetty and RTO John Misquith on the directions of the City Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil. Representatives of schools, Transport Department officers, and bus, taxi and auto drivers are strictly advised to follow guidelines of the Supreme Court (SC) regarding safety of schoolchildren while carrying them in vehicles.
The police officers spoke on the safety of schoolchildren, prevention of atrocity and guidelines to be followed while ferrying children in vehicles.
The officers said that very often the Supreme Court guidelines are violated. The guidelines stated that all school buses must have first aid boxes.
“It is the obligation of the school managements and parents to strictly follow the Supreme Court guidelines to ensure the safety of schoolchildren. Speed breakers should be installed in the vehicles. In addition, the school vehicles should have fire extinguishers and parallel bars fitted in windows. The vehicles should have the phone numbers of the school head teachers. There should be enough space to keep the bags,” the police officers explained. Further, they also explained the measures to be taken while recruiting drivers and staff for the school.
The police officers said, “A child should not be entrusted to the hands of an outsider instead of the parents or guardians. CCTV cameras should be installed on the school premises at the entrance, facing the road. Separate toilets should be constructed for boys and girls in the school. A woman staff should be deployed near the girls’ toilets in the schools.”
DCP Lakshmi Ganesh said, “Schools have the responsibility of the safety of children inside and outside the school. All the safety guidelines should be followed. Strict action will be taken against those who violate the Supreme Court guidelines on the safety of schoolchildren.” It is understood that authorities need to monitor all aspects of safety.