Chandigarh, June 11, 2013: The Punjab Transport Minister and Chairman of State Road Safety Council Ajit Singh Kohar has asked the school managements across the state to implement road safety rules strictly for ensuring the safety of school children.
Expressing concern over the sure in road accidents of school buses Kohar strictly directed school management to ensure that all their bus drivers must follow the rules properly. He also said that school managements have to appoint their own staff to look after children outside the premises of school during the school timings. Kohar also suggested school managements should carefully select the bus drivers after thorough verification of their driving experience besides vital documents like bus permit and Registration. He said that anyone flouting these norms would be liable to face severe departmental action.
On the occasion, the Transport minister underscored the need to constitute school level transport committees and asked the education department to take initiative in this regard. Addressing the heads of the various departments present in the meeting to initiate strictest possible action against the trucks/ trolleys over loaded with chaff and sugarcane he directed the transport department to curb the illegal practice of transporting passengers in trucks. Kohar also instructed the transport department to take harsh action against the drivers of trolleys loaded with sand within the cities from 9 am to 7 pm.
He also asked the owners/drivers of the trolleys to put on reflectors on their vehicles so as to avoid the accidents especially at night. Kohar also asked the PSPCL and the forest department to jointly chalk out a strategy to shift the electricity polls and cut the trees to avoid accidents on the roads due to trees and polls planted/erected in a haphazard manner. He also asked the district level road safety committees to hold regular meetings on monthly basis.
Kohar also informed in the meeting that there were nearly 800 unmanned railway crossing across the state and now the state government had referred this case to the ministry of the Railways, Government of India for the construction of over and under bridges on these level crossings to enable accident free smooth flow of vehicular traffic. Kohar also asked the transport department to ensure speed breakers and signages near these Railway crossings to avoid frequent accidents, which caused huge lost to the life and property of the people.
On the occasion, Kohar also released a booklet on the road safety written by Vice Chairman of the road safety council Dr. Kamaljit Singh Sohi.
Prominent amongst other who were present in the meeting including Principle Secretary Home DS Bains, Principal Secretary Transport Jagpal Singh, State Transport Commissioner Harjeet Singh, Director Transport Sumedh Singh Gurjar, Vice Chairman State Road Safety Council Dr Kamaljit Singh Sohi besides senior officers of the different departments.