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Schools must comply with rules on safte transport of kids: Police

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Hyderabad, Apr 20 (UNI) Hyderabad City Police expects all 3,100 schools in the city to comply with rules on safe transport of children in buses from academic year 2006-07.

Speaking to newsmen here today, Hyderabad City Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) A K Khan said schools were expected to follow the guidelines given by the Supreme Court in this regard.

Every bus must marked as 'School Bus' at the front and back side.

Hired vehicles should prominently carry 'On School Duty' sign.

No bus should carry children in excess of its permitted seating capacity and every vehicle must carry a first aid box, have windows fitted with horizontal grills and a fire extinguisher.

Name and phone numbers of the school must be written on the bus.

Bus drivers must have minimum five years experience and an escort should accompany the children.

Non-complaince of the instructions will invite legal action under the provisions of MV Act and IPC.

Mr Khan said the traffic police were also negotiating with the school managements to change the evening timings to avoid traffic congestion.

The police were suggesting the School Education Department not to grant permission to schools in busy commercial complexes. They were also mulling inclusion of traffic lessons as part of syllabus from the fourth standad.

UNI ASJ GM 1545

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