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The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) yesterday said it would inspect more than 6,000 school vans to grant NCPA certification which would be given based on school van maintenance and information related to the driver and van owner.

According to new NCPA regulations a school van driver should possess a minimum of five years driving experience and should be over 25 years of age. The driver and owner of the van should get a police report from their residential area along with their National Identification Card, drivers’ license, vehicle insurance certificate and documentation related to their school van earnings.

NCPA sources it had taken steps to introduce new regulations for schools vans following a visible increase in road accidents and a rise in the number of complaints related to abuse and harassment in school vans received by the NCPA’s public complaints hotline 1929.

Sources said the certification for school van drivers which would begin in the Western province was introduced under the advice of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Meanwhile according to the police 224 school children between the ages one to 19 were killed and 4,133 were injured due to vehicle accidents in 2011. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • Izmie Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:48 PM

    Whenever something happens the authorites come up with new regulations and in a few weeks all will be forgotten.If the existing laws are implemented properly why wait till the next diasaster?

    Fair N Square Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:12 PM

    Glad to note that the NCPA at last has woken up in regard to school van drivers... IT is a mafia by itself. If the parents of one particular van is not satisfied with the service of a provider... they see that the parents are unable to get he services of another driver plying the same route to the same school.

    I am talking thru experience.. my daughter had a few bad experiences with one driver and when i discontinued his service, he made it so difficult for me to get another driver to provide the same service. He also had threatened a few drivers who were willing to accomodate my child. I had to take my daughter personally for 12 days before I was able to get a willing driver... All this after I helped him with a 6 months advance payment coz of the delivery of his child... Ungrateful people....

    raj Saturday, 28 January 2012 05:58 PM

    during our days there were no school vans but school ctb busses. due to ineffecience of succesive gov, our children are in sad situation. plz org good school busess by ctb, the so called school van will disapper.

    M.J Anthony Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:16 PM

    wow! thats very pro-active!

    Pissu Drivers.... Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:35 PM

    Thank you Mr Governmenet, you have finally woken up. Like in other coutries piant the school vans in one colour.

    Please save our children....God will bless you

    Hiran Saturday, 28 January 2012 08:43 PM

    Is NCPA the only organizaion in the governtment doing something???

    Mervyn Saturday, 28 January 2012 08:50 PM

    It is also my view that the safety of school children is the prime responsibility of the Govt. Hence, I think it is better that C.T.B provide buses to school children instead of letting the responsibility to the private sector. Additionally all vehicles which provide transportation to school children should be painted YELLOW, like in the United States. This will enable the inspectors to spot these easily.

    Lanka Sunday, 29 January 2012 01:32 AM

    Exactly, why we need to spend time and money on these School Vans if we could provide safe school buses for the safety of the school children and same time the parents will be saving some bucks !

    Nodrog Sunday, 29 January 2012 02:49 AM

    we need a concerted and sustained effort to monitor ALL drivers and ALL vehicles. There are many inexperienced drivers in buses, tuk-tuks, commercial vans, lorries etc and many of these vehicles are not roadworthy. A very visible and active Police presence also must be there. Not cops standing behind trees and lamp-posts but patrolling and monitoring.

    Nalaka Weerakody Sunday, 29 January 2012 05:22 AM

    Above 40 yeas a good age for implementation, they are matured and with sense humor and with social responsibility, so the rule age above 25 should be revoked and to be set above 40......................

    DEEN Sunday, 29 January 2012 06:33 AM

    AGE BARRIER MUST BE AT LEAST 30 (25 IS TOO YOUNG AND IMMATURE). PROVIDING CTB SERVICE IS A JOKE. CTB IS NOT PLYING ON ALL ROADS. MOREOVER, PARENTS CANNOT TAKE THEIR CHILDREN TO THE BUS STANDS (WHETHER RAIN OR IN HOT SUN) WAITING FOR THE CTB BUSES.
    ROAD WORTHINESS OF THE SCHOOL VANS MUST BE STRICTLY MONITORED. THEY MUST BE ASKED TO PRODUCE THE VEHICLES TO THE RESPECTIVE POLICE STATIONS AT LEAST ONCE IN 3 OR 6 MONTHS FOR CLEARANCE. PAINTING OF VANS IS A GOOD SUGGESTION, SINCE IT WOULD BE VISIBLE FROM A DISTANCE.


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