The Motor Vehicle Department Kashmir today launched a crackdown on illegally running school buses in the city seizing two vehicles while challaning another six vehicles including the staff bus of Shere Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences were booked for serious offences under the MVD Act.
An senior official of the MV department told a local news agency, KNS that two vehicles ferrying school children were seized for violating norms. “A Tata Winger under Reg No JK05 B 3144 was seized as it was running for a school despite being a private vehicle. Another Maruti Van under No JK01E 2373 was also seized as it was running on LPG cylinder fuel putting lives of the children on danger”, the official said adding the vehicle running on LPG was also found suffocated and smelling of LP gas.
The official said that 6 vehicles were also booked after being found committing serious violations of MVD act. The SKIMS staff bus was overloaded having 77 passengers on board and also lacked a route permit, the official said adding that the documents of the bus were seized. “Five other buses and mini buses of the Western and KMD bus stands under No’s JK05 A 7937, JK02S 3079, JK02S 4635 and JK01C 2193 were also booked for serious offences as they were also found operating for schools in violation of rules”, the official said.
Director SKIMS could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.
Meanwhile, when contacted RTO Kashmir Muhammad Anees confirmed the crack down on illegally operating school buses said the action was taken after continuous complaints were received by their department. “We received complaints and a team headed by motor vehicles inspector M Lateef headed team checked the vehicles and some of them were later challaned or seized. The papers of SKIMS vehicle were also seized”, he said.
He appealed parents of school going children to cooperate with the authorities by providing information about illegally running school vehicles apart from reporting overloading of school buses. “Parents and general public should inform us about violation of rules so that precious lives of children are not put to risk”, the RTO told KNS adding the department will continue to monitor and stop use of private vehicles and gas cylinder operated vehicles for ferrying school children.