Day after school bus accident in Kolkata, police plan action against owner

According to the police, the owner of the bus was already summoned.

A day after 20 people, including 12 schoolchildren, were injured after the minibus, they were travelling in, met with an accident near Chitpore Lockgate in Kolkata on Monday, the city police Tuesday said that they would initiate action against the owner of the vehicle that was doubling as a school bus. They have also sought the documents of the vehicle from Transport Department.

According to the police, the owner of the bus was already summoned.

Meanwhile, traffic personnel and police stations were alerted to increase vigilance against pool cars carrying school students, said sources.

“Immediate intervention is needed to streamline the system of shared mode of school transport since the basic parameters are far from being satisfactory and students are being dangerously ferried,” said a senior police officer.

As per sources, the Transport Department and police are planning an extensive drive against such operators who deploy vehicles with faulty brakes, resoled tyres and incomplete documentation for school duty.

“Vehicles used as pool car without a permit and found flouting the guidelines will be impounded,” said a source.

Kolkata has witnessed a series of accidents involving school buses and pool cars plying with resoled tyres, malfunctioning brakes and poorly-maintained interiors. Rash driving with schoolchildren on board is common too.

In 2017, several buses and pool cars, ferrying schoolchildren, were barred from plying on city roads on these grounds only, said a source in the Transport Department.

On Monday, 20 people, including 12 children, were injured when the vehicle, they were travelling in, hit a roadside lamppost before flipping on its side in north Kolkata. The bus, carrying the students of Holy Child School, also rammed a parked van and hit a pedestrian before crashing into the lamppost at the crossing of PK Mukherjee Road and Cossipore Road near Lockgate flyover under Chitpur police station.

So far, police have received three complaints against the driver and they are likely to take action once him once he recovers from his injuries.