KARACHI: At least 398 school vans running on compressed natural gas (CNG) were impounded in a week of the drive kicked out against them in the metropolis by Karachi Traffic Police Department on last September 4, 2015.
The action was taken against 1,619 CNG-run school vehicles from which 357 vans were fitted with illegal CNG cylinders after testing their cylinders from Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) in Korangi, Karachi while 40 vehicles were detained on the account of overloading and having no attendant for taking care of schoolchildren, said DIG Traffic Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh on Thursday.
Dr Amir said he has already directed officials concerned not to take the action against school vans during school timings but it must be taken after the school hours when these vehicles have already dropped the schoolchildren to their homes.
He said the action against negligent drivers would not be stopped who are ignoring the warming of traffic police and violating the law. He said next phase of the drive will be against school vans’ owners who do not want to remove expired CNG Cylinders from their vehicles and hence playing with the lives of our schoolchildren.
He said the cooperation of All Private Schools Management Association and Sindh Transport Department with the Karachi Traffic Police Department is appreciable in achieving the targets of drive successfully and they want the same favour in the future too until all school vehicles abide by the law.