While most of the school van operators are flouting the school transport safety norms specified by the state government, a group of school van operators has not only modified their vehicles in compliance with the norms, but also organized a special workshop for parents of school children to raise awareness on the issue, on Sunday.
Though the school transport safety norms have been in place for more than a year now, very few school transporters follow them.
But transport authorities and schools are not taking any measures to make all the school transport operators to follow these norms.
Hence, the members of Pune District School Transport Union decided that they will target parents of school children to discourage them from sending their wards in unsafe vehicles.
The union had invited officials from the regional transport office (RTO), cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar and activist Mahesh Nerkar who promotes safe school transport, to guide nearly 300 parents about school transport safety norms.
Deputy regional transport officer Jitendra Patil gave a PowerPoint presentation to educate the parents about the safety norms. Patil said, "Parents should take the initiative and check whether the vehicle in which their child is traveling is following these safety norms or not."
Preeti Pawar, one of the parents who attended the workshop, said, "It was a very informative workshop. The officials informed us about how the child should travel to school in a safe manner."
Well, that was an important act carried out by the Transport department. What do you feel about this issue. How is it helping the society?