Don’t just fine the unauthorised school vans, seize them: Bombay High Court

NGO PTA Forum United had raised concern about majority vehicles ferrying children to schools not following the safety norms and the vehicles being risky for the children. In response, the NGO filed a PIL in Bombay High Court.

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On Tuesday, Bombay High Court ordered the state government to seize unauthorised vehicles as well as school vans that are being used without permission. At the same time, the court also ordered the government to encourage people to take the school bus instead. 

PTA Forum United, an NGO, filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) accusing several school vans of violating rules and legal provisions across the state. Government pleader Abhinandan Vagyani presented the compliance report in front of a division bench of Justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni. The court noted that 27 school buses were not complying with the safety norms.  

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However, advocate Rama Subramanian, the lawyer for petitioner PTA Forum United said that the compliance report made no mention of the school vans and auto rickshaws that not only illegally ferry children but also violated safety norms.    

In the report, 288 vehicles have been held for violating the norms and strict action has been taken against them. The bench pushed forward the hearing on the petition after stating that a public awareness campaign must be conducted in the areas where the number of schools is high. 

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