Despite recent protests by school cab drivers, the Bangalore Traffic Police continue to enforce the Supreme Court guidelines across the city.
In the light of a schoolboy being thrown off a bus when it took a sharp turn, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M A Saleem said a case has been booked against the cab driver for violating permit rules.
The Transport Department drafted guidelines for school cabs based on the Supreme Court directions.
Recently, weeks after the city traffic police began enforcing the guidelines, the School Cab Owners’ Association protested by staying off roads for two days.
The strike was called off only after Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy intervened.
According to Saleem, “We were not asked to stop enforcing the rules and during this week too, we have continued to enforce the guidelines. Overcrowding is the most frequent violation,” he said.
Over the last month, the traffic police have booked 1,400 cases for permit violations, Saleem added.
In the meantime, the School Cab Association is hopeful that the CM will give them a favourable reply with regard to reducing taxes, which was one of their demands. They are also in the process of getting the high court guidelines that school cab owners claim will give them a way out of the 15-year age limit set for buses.