KARACHI: The city administration has decided to take effective and practical steps to ensure that school buses and vans meet safety standards, and for this purpose fitness of such vehicles will be examined.
The decision was made at a meeting of the District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) chaired by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi here on Monday.
The commissioner directed the Secretary DRTA to launch action against such buses which do not fulfill safety requirements. He also called for taking school administration on board on the issue of safe travel of school children.
The meeting decided that the traffic police would ensure that school bas/van drivers are properly trained and are also conversant of traffic rules. The commissioner asked the secretary to initiate action in coordination with traffic police against those drivers who are violating traffic rules.
It was also decided that KMC’s Senior Director Transport and Communication would suggest steps to bring uniformity in design and colour of school buses as per international standards. It was suggested that school buses should be coloured yellow.
The DRTA told the meeting that the authority has Issued 15,000 permits to vehicles from April to August, 2014. Out of these 7,338 permits were issued to CNG auto rickshaws, 5,026 to public carriers (pick ups and trucks) 2,690 private carriers (pick ups and trucks) and five buses.
The secretary said that Rs. 18 million has been deposited to the government’s exchequer.It was informed that 100 buses were challaned for using sub-standard cylinders.
The commissioner directed the secretary DRTA to continue crackdown against the buses using sub-standard cylinders in coordination with the traffic police.
It was also decided that speed limits would be fixed on certain roads in the city. The secretary DRTA would issue a notification for this purpose in consultation with the Transport and Communications Department, Traffic Police and other civic bodies.