The Himachal Pradesh high court on Wednesday issued a notice to the chairman of State Transport Development and Road Safety Council on improving vehicle safety norms for school transport vehicles. The court has directed the chairman to list the matter in four weeks’ time.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice Anoop Chitkara passed these orders on a petition filed by Poonam Gehlot. The petitioner had alleged that the implementation of motor vehicle laws and road safety of children were the sole responsibility of the state.
According to her the state has repeatedly failed to do its duty due to non specific child safety measures in its state laws or policies. This, she said in her petition, calls for comprehensive child safety laws in tandem with the central laws and rules.
The petitioner has prayed to issue directions to appropriate authorities to draft a comprehensive child restrain system policy, to adopt and incorporate improved vehicle safety norms for school transport vehicles, by encouraging harmonization of relevant global standards and mechanisms to accelerate the uptake of new technologies, to issue necessary notifications directing all the educational institutions to adhere to the various guidelines issued by the Supreme Court in various judgments, circulars, notifications from various educational boards and ministries.