Here, in the below mentioned incident which happened in March 2017, a 4 year old boy was mowed down by his own school bus.
In this tragic incident, as the bus driver was on leave on that day, its conductor was driving the bus. the bus did not have any First Aid Kit for the bus students, both was complete violation of the safety norms of ‘Surakshit School Vahan Policy’. The accident took place at about 10 AM when the bus reached the school. The driver started reversing the bus in a hurry to park the vehicle and in doing so, the boy came under the wheels. The boy received severe injuries on his chest. He died after few hours of treatment in a private hospital. Surprisingly, the police were informed only after the boy was declared dead.
1. The school bus / van must be driven by its specified driver. If for any exigency the driver is not coming, a substitute driver must come to drive the vehicle, instead of conductor of the bus driving the bus. If substitute driver is not available, the bus should not ply on that day. The money saved in replacing the driver of bus with its conductor may prove to be devastating for entire family of the affected child. The school authorities must make sure that no laxity be observed for such replacement of driver on any day.
2. All children using the school transport must be made aware and it is of utmost necessity for them to learn that he/she should not go behind the vehicle at any point of time, even for crossing the road / path.
3. Concerned Govt. Authorities must be strict to all stakeholders for getting complied the safety rules, especially those which are directly related to school children. Having taken certain strict action against the guilty will result in minimizing the occurrence of incidents similar to the one that has been under deliberation.