Traffic police poised to take on dangerous school vans

KARACHI: The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Traffic, Karachi, Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh has appealed to parents of schoolchildren, and All Karachi Private School Management Association to help traffic police pointing out CNG-run school vehicles and also those vehicles without attendants through complaining to traffic police helpline.

He said the meters would be installed in all taxis and rickshaws in Karachi to stop them from overcharging passengers.

He said this in a press conference jointly organized by Karachi Traffic Police Department, Sindh Transport department and All Karachi Private School Management Association held at Karachi Traffic Office on Wednesday.

He said no over-loading, no CNG-run, no LPG-run vehicles would be allowed in all school vans; otherwise, stern action would be taken against the offenders. He said a full-fledged crackdown on CNG-run school vehicles will start from August 21 in the metropolis for the safety of schoolchildren.

He said we should not forget the Punjab incident of CNG-run school bus that claimed many lives of schoolchildren and it was clear message to every school to get safety measures but unfortunately no any school’s management showed its responsibility in this regard in the city.

He urged All Karachi Private School Management Association to present number of vehicles registered at its schools that are commuting the children. He said all drivers are informed that they get their vehicles registration as soon as possible.

He said if parents see school vehicles fitted with CNG or LPG cylinders and without attendants, they may call on Karachi Traffic Police Helpline no 1915 and lodge their complaints to save their children’s lives.

On the occasion, Sindh Transport Department’s Secretary Taha Farooqui said that the Rapid Bus Transit (RBT) is to start soon to meet the shortage of public transport in the city. He said meters would also be installed in all taxis and rickshaws to benefit commuters.

DIG said they believe that safety first is safety always, so no further delay for bringing better transport system would be tolerated.

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