School vans to be strictly regulated: Police

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  The police have suggested school van drivers should be more than 30 years of age and that they should be provided them with a uniform. This was decided during discussions they had with 1,200 school van owners in a move to strictly regulate school vans.
 
Police also suggested that the drivers should have a license which is more than five years old. The discussions were held between school van owners who transport school children to schools in Colombo with Colombo senior DIG Anura Senanayake. (Supun Dias)
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  • bash Monday, 23 January 2012 05:32 AM

    Even 40 year old bus drivers take risks, it should be regulated not bound by age, silly

    Elizabeth Monday, 23 January 2012 06:01 AM

    Sameen Jan, what you say is perfectly true, very sensible comment and this should be strictly adhered to.

    bigsam Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:43 AM

    Age has nothing to do with bad driving, neither does a uniform.

    mohammed Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:41 AM

    There is a big difference between 21year old driver and 30 year old drive plus the experience.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:50 AM

    This is "cosmetc" treatment : just because the offending driver was a youngster, the authorities seem to think that older drivers would be more careful. Also wonder how a uniform is going to prevent accidents. As usual, tackling the problem from the wrong end.

    Lanka Sunday, 22 January 2012 11:42 AM

    Only way to resolve is to introduce safe school buses and eliminate school vans !

    sltk2004 Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:12 PM

    We don't need any additional rules, uniforms, age limits etc. If we simply obey the existing road rules (and other rules) that should be OK.

    How can we be sure that people who don't obey road rules, suddenly start obeying the new uniform rules or age limit rules?

    Gaja Banda Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:39 PM

    So making them wear a uniform will improve safety and decrease accidents will it?

    Please ensure they also wear a hat...

    mohan Sunday, 22 January 2012 01:26 PM

    your wrong my friend , it have proven to have influence on risk taking .

    asfar Sunday, 22 January 2012 03:06 PM

    if anyone takes a look at those school vans 99 % are not roadworthy. uniform are not going to make any difference. the vehicles must be taken out from the roads immediately.

    Raj Sunday, 22 January 2012 03:42 PM

    you are wrong dear friend, risk taking has nothing to do with bad driving.

    Anton Canisious Sunday, 22 January 2012 04:35 PM

    As always we wait till some thing happen to think about regulation, minimum standards, uniforms etc.
    The parents should have known better about the suitability of the driver of any school van. Generally speaking parents do drop off their children to the van and why cant they be more responsible in questioning the driver's age if they find that he is just passed his teens. Authoriities will set-up a committee, deliberate and drop the matter and this will continue to happen another day, another time

    Bob Sunday, 22 January 2012 05:26 PM

    And a satakaya

    xlntgson Monday, 23 January 2012 01:21 AM

    How about the school admission rule why no pupils for certain schools, and facing closure while old boys and old girls continue to hurdle the children to their alma matter?

    rz Monday, 23 January 2012 02:05 AM

    More than school van drivers, implement an age rule to three wheel drivers and bus drivers.

    chithranganie Monday, 23 January 2012 04:36 AM

    When some thing happens, Police open their eyes. Didn't they knew all this time that school van drivers drive without even thinking of road rules and they are playing with the lives of the innocent children. All these are "BORU SHOW" of the police.
    I do not know how police think just because van drivers wear a uniform, they will be disciplined - JOKE -

    It is the same with the private bus drivers. Forced to wear a
    uniform - did that made any difference.

    Even the age, some of young drivers are more careful than older drivers -

    They must catch the person and fine them. That is the only solution.

    ALL THE OTHER OPTIONS ARE JUST EYE WASHING

    Sameen Jan Monday, 23 January 2012 04:49 AM

    What about vehicle insurance, condition,brakes,seats, seat belts,tyres, emission, driver tests, background of drivers and vehicle owners,(maniaca, drunkards, criminals previous accidents) proper maintenance, regular servicing and severe punishments (driver and owner)for breaching the law such as for speeding, careless driving,failure to obseve road rules, drunken driving and very high compensation for those victimised by accidents?

    Kangarro Monday, 23 January 2012 04:44 AM

    NOTHING WILL CHANGE IF THE POLICE IS NOT IN ACTIVE TO CATCH THOSE WHO VIOLATE ROAD RULES


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