DK drivers' association stage protest over crackdown

DK drivers

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-28 17:43 Mangaluru: The Dakshina Kannada District School Vehicle Drivers Association (SCVDA) protested against the ongoing crackdown by the police on school vans and autos following the horrific Trasi accident. Members protested in front of the DC office and also took out a rally opposing the fines and rules that restricted drivers from operating school vehicles in the city. Sunil Kumar Bajal, district secretary, CITU, said fines were being imposed by the police on overcrowded vehicles seemed to suggest that only the driver was at fault. “Finger cannot be pointed at only the driver, but it’s also the fault of the school administration and the district administration. We too are against overcrowding. No driver willingly takes children above the limit, but it’s the parents that tell them to adjust,” said Bajal. Opposing the administration directive to paint school vehicles in yellow, Bajal said, “It would be inconvenient for the driver to take the vehicle for other purposes if they are painted yellow as most of them are tourist vehicles."  “Rules should be decided after discussion. There should be regular meetings," he said and urged the district administration to withdraw the cases against vehicles. "Cases should only be booked against violators. Instead of painting the whole van yellow, a board can be put stating that it’s a ‘school van’," he said and warned of stopping the services if their demands are not met.