As a strike by school vans and auto-rickshaws entered the second day after a crackdown by the Road Transport Office (RTO) and Vadodara traffic police, Vadodara police were seen helping students reach school by ferrying them in PCR vans and motorcycles. A total of 46 police motorcycles, 21 PCR vans and 9 official Boleros were on hand Wednesday to help students reach school on time, and not face any inconvenience. The Vadodara traffic and city police helped over 250 students reach various schools in the city.
Vadodara traffic ACP AK Vanani said that they will continue to help children reach school till the strike is called off.
“Every vehicle carrying students has to follow certain safety norms, like not carrying more students than the actual capacity and overcrowding the van. We initiated a drive in Vadodara and the association called for a strike. But we understand that the schools have just reopened and it is not easy for every parent to drop their children to school, so we have devoted our morning hours to help such students so that they do not face any inconvenience and do not miss classes. We will continue to do so till the strike calls off,” he said.
The crackdown on vehicles carrying school students comes a day after three students fell off a moving school van in Ahmedabad. The van was carrying 22 children because of which the door could not be closed properly, and the students fell down at a turn.
On Tuesday, drivers of 3 buses, 12 auto rickshaws and 16 vans were detained by the RTO and the Vadodara traffic police for not following safety norms. Due to this, the school vans and auto rickshaws went on strike. After two PILs in High Court over the last decade, it was decided that a maximum of 14 students can travel in a van and six in an auto rickshaw. Vehicles flouting this norm are being detained.