The traffic police to moot a campaign against overloaded autorickshaws.

It took an accident involving 11 pupils for Regional Transport Vehicle (RTO) officials and the Pune traffic police to launch a campaign against overcrowded autorickshaws transporting children to school. The pupils were hurt while riding in an autorickshaw that fell into a tree after being hit by a pick-up vehicle in Daund's Bori Bhadak.

"Summer vacation will soon begin. We will speak with the principals, and they must take responsibility for student transportation in collaboration with parents. During the parents and teachers meeting, we will request that the school administration speak with the parents. Students must be transported in compliance with the requirements" Rahul Shrirame is the deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

According to a top RTO Pune official, while they were focused on getting government employees wear helmets when riding two-wheelers, the school transportation issue was not overlooked. We will undoubtedly arrange a campaign. Schools were closed for a long period owing to the epidemic, but today the children's safety is of the highest priority, an RTO official stated.

Even with schools functioning since March, many parents are not using the vans, stated school van operators. Prior to the epidemic, there were around 5,000 school vehicles in service. Parents are choosing to leave their children off at school since they must pay for three months in advance. Many people hire autorickshaws. We are operating at a loss merely to assure parents that we would be present for their children in the coming academic year, Sudam Jambhulkar of Vidyarthi Vahatuk Sanghatna, a union of school van drivers, said.

According to RTO laws, autorickshaws can transport school children, but they must have a permission. Furthermore, no more than three pupils can be carried, and the vehicle must be modified.

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