Overloaded school vans pose a threat to students in Jammu

With the rise in the number of vehicles plying on the roads every day, the chances of accidents have also risen to another level. Oftentimes, you would come across overloaded vans ferrying kids to the schools.

Overloading is the most common violation by commercial vehicles. Special drives are required to be conducted by the traffic police and transport department to curb overloading of students in auto-rickshaws and these vans and drivers should be nabbed for flouting the norms. Overloading is a crucial issue because it involves the safety of the children which are ferried to and fro in vans and autorickshaws in the city on a daily basis. These packed rickshaws beyond the original capacity often led to accidents which put the safety of kids at stake.

We request the authorities to look into the matter and act accordingly. Since most of these vans or auto-rickshaws are arranged by parents so they need to act responsibly as well. For the sake of safety, parents must tell the drivers to strictly adhere to the rules and not overload their vehicles. The concerned authority must notify drivers to ferry students as per seating capacity mentioned in the registration certificate and no alteration should be done in the seating arrangements of the vehicle,

Recently, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary directed the RTO Kashmir to seize the overloaded vehicle and suspend its registration. Likewise, strict actions need to be taken against overloading on school vans in Jammu city also. Parents must also come forward to report instances thereof to the DC Office or the traffic authorities. The strictest of actions involving both withdrawal of registrations and punitive actions under the law should be taken against violators.



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Hardeep Bali