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PRIVATE VEHICLES CONTINUE TO PUT STUDENTS LIFE AT RISK WHILE TAKING THEM TO SCHOOL AT THANE

school-van-2Rickshaws and buses carrying students more than their capacity is like putting the life of students at risk almost everyday. However, every time authorities fail to check the situation. Parents sending their children in vans, rickshaws and buses – is nothing new. However, majority of the vans and rickshaws and often even buses stack students beyond their capacity putting the lives of students at risk almost everyday. But neither do parents worry nor does the RTO or traffic police book such violators strictly to discourage this practice. Schools shirk the responsibility, with reason and say that on their part parents are advised to not send their students to schools in such a dangerous manner. The RTO and Traffic police do book the violators but the action is not enough. The dangers that this puts children into was seriously dealt with by the Home Ministry, following High Court orders that made a few rules – this include that rickshaws cannot carry more than 5 students, vans to run on permit and made first aid boxes mandatory. The state fulfilled its responsibilities when it laid the rules but unless parents demand stricter implementation, no one else can be held responsible for any untoward incident in such a dangerous commuting practice. With cameraperson Rajendra Prasad, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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