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Addressing issues related to school transport is our priority, says Ajri

Posted on August 7th, 2017 in Child Protection, Transportation |

Sushant Ranjan, Aug 06 2017

Source : Sakal Times

Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Pune, Balasaheb Ajri’s focus has been on improving transport facilities for school children ever since he has taken over the reins of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune. He spoke to Sushant Ranjan about various issues.

What initiatives has the RTO taken for the safety of school children as they commute in overloaded autorickshaws and vans?
The two approved modes of transport are school buses and school vans. Read the rest of this entry »

Schools must ensure safety of all children

Posted on August 3rd, 2017 in Transportation |

Aug 03 2017

Source: The Times of India

Police commissioner Rashmi Shukla, in her weekly Q&A column in TOI, also pledges to sort out the traffic chaos in Baner soon

Q. I’m scared whenever my daughter takes the van to school. I have even stopped her from playing in the park during the evenings without my direct supervision. Can the police do something to allay parents’ fears? We fear for our children’s safety. (Sulekha Sharma, Wagholi) Read the rest of this entry »

Workshop for school bus drivers held

Posted on July 24th, 2017 in Transportation |

Sushant Ranjan, 23 July 2017

Source : Sakal Times

Pune: “Drivers and conductors should learn how to evacuate children from vans during an emergency. Safety of school children is the priority of the transport department,” said Dr Pravin Gedam, State Transport Commissioner, on Saturday, at an event organised by Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO).

The workshop for school bus drivers and conductors was organised at
Pt Bhimsen Joshi Auditorium, Aundh. The workshop was organised with the help of Rotary Club of Middle Town and school bus association.  Read the rest of this entry »

RTO to hold workshop for school bus drivers

Posted on July 21st, 2017 in Transportation |

ST Correspondent, 21 July 2017

Source : Sakal Times

Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) will be organising a workshop to teach school vehicle drivers about the emergency evacu­ation of children on July 22.

Balasaheb Ajri, Region­al Transport Officer, on Wednesday, said, “We want to check how safe the vehi­cles are. The RTO is partic­ularly concerned about the presence of fire extinguish­ers. Drivers and attendants will be provided with basic training on how to react to an emergency and ways to evacuate students. It is im­portant that they know how to use the fire extinguish­ers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Drivers, conductors of school buses told to demonstrate safety features

Posted on July 20th, 2017 in Transportation |

Joy Sengupta, Jul 20, 2017

Source: The Times of India

Pune : The regional transport office (RTO) had instructed all drivers and conductors of school buses to physically demonstrate the safety feature in their vehicles, especially the emergency door to children.

They should also tell the students how to react in case they are faced with an emergency situation. This is similar to the procedure played out in airplanes by the cabin crew prior to take-off. Read the rest of this entry »

City schools toss safety norms aside

Posted on July 5th, 2017 in Transportation |

Meeta Ramnani, Jul 05 2017

Source: Mirror

Only 15% of schools have updated authorities on transport committees, filled in mandatory details on RTO website
It was only a couple of years ago that a spate of crimes against children forced the authorities to sit up and take notice, with the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) subsequently launching the schoolbussafetypune.org website and making school transport committees compulsory.However, it has emerged that not even 15 per cent of city schools have used the website to update the authorities about the status of their committees, school buses, or bus driver and attendant details. Read the rest of this entry »

Six flying squads formed for safe school transport

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 in Transportation |

Sushant Ranjan, 03 July 2017

Source : Sakal Times

Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has set up six flying squads to inspect school buses carrying out illegal transport of students in the city.

Despite this, the flying squads have taken action against only 146 illegal school buses in the city from January to June. RTO now claims to have seized 38 school buses in the drive to stop the illegal transportation of students. Read the rest of this entry »

ZP education officer claims 100% schools have transport panels

Posted on June 21st, 2017 in Transportation |

Jun 21,  2017

Source: Mirror

AS THE Pune District School Transport Safety Committee (PDSTSC) called upon the educa-tion department t otake suictaction against schools without transport committees Pune Zilla Parishad Education Officer Harun Attar claimed that “100 per cent schools in Pune have transport committees, which meet regularly. During a meeting on Monday, the PDSTSC had asked the education department to take stringent action against schools which did not have transport committees and an agreement with bus owners. Failing this, the schools could face discontinuation of government grants or derecognition. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is conducting background checks on drivers and attendants?

Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Transportation |

Partha Sarathi Biswas | March 24, 2017

Source : The Indian Express

As many as 3,900 vehicles ferry school children in the district, said RTO officials.

Almost 80 per cent of schools in Pune district have school bus committees, but conducting a thorough background verification of drivers and attendants remains a grey area. Officers of the Regional Transport Office, who are member-secretaries of the committee, said individual schools were responsible for verifying the backgrounds of drivers and attendants, Read the rest of this entry »

Pune sexual abuse cases: ‘Communication between schools, kids and parents is key’

Posted on March 24th, 2017 in Child Protection, Transportation |

Sushant Kulkarni | March 24, 2017

Source: The Indian Express

In 4 months, three cases of sexual abuse of children on school buses and vans reported in pune

In the last four months, Pune city police have recorded three cases of sexual abuse on school buses. To prevent such incidents in the future, police say that communication — between parents and children, parents and schools, and schools and police — is the key. In the latest case registered at Uttam Nagar police station on March 13, a 65-year-old school bus driver was arrested for molesting a 10-year-old repeatedly. Read the rest of this entry »