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The traffic police (city) Tuesday penalized eight school buses for violation of rules, days after the police had issued directions to private school asking them ensure strict adherence of the norms for ferrying of students.

“Traffic police city today booked drivers of eight vehicles consisting of six vans and two mini-buses ferrying school going children from home to school and back for carrying more children than permitted. These vehicles are of private operators and were found overloaded,” said senior superintendent of police traffic.

The school vehicles were found overloaded, compromising the safety of students, said a police official. He said the department has time and again appealed parents to ensure safety of their children in school vehicles.

The SSP said that he would write to transport commissioner and regional transport officer for fixing the fare to be charged from the students.

There have been complaints from parents of school going children have that school authorities and private transporters were “charging exorbitant rates”. 

The SSP said a communication has already been sent to private school asking them that ‘School Bus" must be written on the back and front of the bus. If it is a hired bus, "On School Duty" should be clearly written, he said. 

“The school bus must have a first-aid-box. The windows of bus must be fitted with horizontal grills. There must be a fire extinguisher in the bus. School’s name and telephone number must be written on the bus,” he said.

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