Children safety is very important when they travel to school. Few vehicles are operating legally and follow the apex court guidelines.
Whether children walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important to follow proper children safety precautions. Statistically, school buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school. Most children injured and killed in school bus accidents are harmed while getting on and off the bus, not while riding.
It is important to remind our children of important safety tips to keep them safe at school, as well as en route there or back. Whether your child rides the bus, walks, or is driven to school, these basic rules apply to anyone. Equipping them with child safety tips and basic knowledge will help prepare them to know what to do in situations that they may find themselves in.
Children safety seems a last important thing for most travelling to schools in vans and cabs. Unauthorized private vehicles operate unchecked in Bengaluru. Hired vehicles must have commercial licences. In privately hired vehicles about 15-20 children are packed.
According to transport department, there are 12,203 registered ‘educational institution buses’ which are run by the school management. There are more than 25,000 vehicles without commercial licences operating. Majority of the vehicles operate without permits.
Guidelines for children safety:
- Every child should know at least one of their parent’s phone no.
- Making the child to understand and what to do if someone on the way home from school makes him/her uncomfortable
- Making child comfortable in discussing incident happening out of the ordinary
- Know who picks and drops your child from school. Review who will pick in case of emergency.
Supreme Court Guidelines to safeguard children safety – school bus/car/cab
- Safe measures – windows with grills
- Fire extinguisher
- Global positioning system
- A driver should have 5 years of experience in driving a light motor vehicle
Tips for drivers to follow children safety
- Obey school zone speed limits.
- Coming to a complete stop at stop signs
- Checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
- Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighbourhoods.
- Allow at least 3 feet of passing distance.
Children should remove headphones and put away cell phones and other electronic devices so they can hear and see traffic when crossing the street.