583 school buses challaned till mid-April; 1,871 fail driving testhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/583-school-buses-challaned-till-midapril-1-871-fail-driving-test/

583 school buses challaned till mid-April; 1,871 fail driving test

More and more school buses are being challaned on account of different traffic violations.

More and more school buses are being challaned on account of different traffic violations. While a total of 570 school buses were challaned last year,583 have already been challaned till mid-April this year by the Chandigarh Traffic Police.

Also,an equal number of people are failing the driving test as against those clearing it. Consider this: Till May,a total of 2,095 candidates cleared the driving test. However,1,871 people failed the test.

Last year,the number of those who failed was half of those who cleared the driving test. Of the total people who took the driving test,8,092 cleared it while 4,611 failed.

This information was supplied to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Chandigarh Administration during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL). The PIL arose out of a suo motu notice taken by the High Court of a letter written by a Ludhiana resident.

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Furnishing data with regard to school buses challaned,it has been submitted that in 2012,a total of 570 school buses were challaned for various offences and 21 buses were impounded by the Traffic Police. Of these,a total of 206 challans were issued for the offence of drivers being without proper uniform and name plate,191 were issued to the buses plying without proper documents and 126 were issued for the offence of “attendant not in proper uniform and name plate”.

This year,upto April 14,a total of 583 school buses have been challaned and 32 buses have been impounded. Of these,a total of 208 buses were challaned for the offence of “driver without proper uniform”; 192 for the offence of “attendant not in proper uniform and name plate” and 171 were issued to the school buses being driven without proper documents.

However,the STA issued 156 challans to various buses in 2012 for violating the road safety guidelines set by the the Supreme Court. This year,upto May 14,137 buses have been challaned by the STA.

The administration placed on record data collected by two law enforcement agencies,i.e Chandigarh Traffic Police and State Transport authority. Last year,a total of 12,717 three-wheeler scooter rickshaws (TSR) were challaned.