The advice given below on crossing the road is especially for children. Children
should be taught the safety code and should not be allowed on the road alone until
they can understand and follow it properly. Children learn by example, so parents
and teachers should always follow the Code proprely when going out with their children.
They are responsible for deciding at what age children can use it safely by themselves.
While Walking to School
While going by bus
- Always walk on the footpath only. On roads without footpath, walk on the extreme
right hand side of the roads.
- Do not be impatient on the road. Do not rush or run on the road.
- Cross only at Zebra crossings, traffic signals, subways, foot over-bridges. Where
such facilities do not exist, look for a safe place to cross.
- At the signal lights, cross only on a clear green signal. If an intersection is
controlled by a policeman, traffic warden or RSP cadet, cross only when he signals
you to do so.
- When crossing between vehicles parked on the side of the road, remember that you
are not visible to the moving traffic (because the parked vehicles may be taller
than you). Stop as you appear from behind the vehicle and look for a safe gap before
crossing. Remember, drivers need plenty of time to see you and to slow down and
- While crossing wide roads that have central islands, always cross in two stages.
Cross to the central Island , stop, and cross when the next section is clear.
- While crossing one-way streets, remember that the traffic will usually be moving
in a number of lanes and at higher speeds. Do not cross unless all lanes are clear.
- Never cross a road at a corner/curve, as the motorist taking the turn will not be
able to see you in time.
- Running across the road is a bad idea, as you may slip and fall.
- Leave home well in time, so that you won't have to run to catch the bus.
- At the bus stand, always follow the queue. Board the bus only after it has come
to a halt, without rushing in or pushing others.
- While in the bus, shouting or making a noise is definitely bad manners. Such behavior
can also distract the driver.
- Do not board or alight at a bus stop other than the one decided by the school. Never
board and alight at a red light crossing or unauthorized bus stop.
- Always hold onto the handrail if standing in a moving bus, especially on sharp turns.
- Do not sit, stand or travel on the footboard of the bus.
- Do not put any part of your body outside a moving or stationary bus.
- Always adhere to the bus safety rules.
Guidelines for parents of school children :
Remember safety of children must be the foremost priority of every parent. Guidelines
for teachers for ensuring safety of school children : It is the responsibility of
school authorities and the teachers to ensure the safety of school children and
also to impart the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to be a safe road user.
- Parents are equally responsible for the safety of their children during school journeys.
- They must ensure that the mode of transport arranged by school or by themselves
is absolutely safe.
- Parents must play the role of vigilant observers. They should note down violations
committed by school buses and immediately report to the authorities.
- Parents must participate in P.T.A. meetings and discuss the safety aspects of their
- While taking their children to school themselves, they should take proper care of
- Parents must ensure that the children acquire the right knowledge and skills for
safe use of roads. They should teach their children the basic rules of the road,
how to walk and cross the road, how to alight and board a bus etc.
- Parents should not allow their minor children to drive.
- Parents must also ensure that the right attitude for a law abiding citizen is imparted
to their children by the family.
- Children are very good observers and therefore, parents must set an example by meticulously
observing even small traffic rules.
Hon’ble Supreme Court of India was pleased to issue elaborate instructions in W.P. (Civil) 13029 of 1985 regarding steps to be taken for transport of school children to and from schools in school buses. In view of the said orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the following guidelines are being issued for carrying school children to and from schools in different categories of motor cabs / maxi-cabs / omni buses etc. :
- Teachers should help develop a responsible attitude towards road use in school children.
- Teachers should impart essential knowledge about roads and traffic to school children,
- Making them familiar with the rules of road and their importance.
- By explaining them the causes of accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and children.
- Telling them about the cause and extent of pollution due to traffic.
- Children come to school in various modes of transport. Teachers should ensure that:
- The children enter and leave the school safely.
- There is no conflict between pedestrians and vehicles.
- The vehicles including school buses are parked safely and properly.
- Children should be supervised and taken care of at the time of alighting and boarding
the school bus.
- Every school bus must be accompanied by a teacher for controlling the children and
the bus driver.
- The teacher should arrange for an alternate bus and keep the children together at
one place if the school bus fails to arrive or if there is any problem.
- There should be regular checking of school buses to ensure compliance with mandatory
- If any school bus or any conveyance, by which children come to school, violates
traffic rules, the teachers should inform about it to their principal or Traffic
Police Control Room.
The above mentioned points as directed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India
are mandatory for all school buses. For further details, School managements can
contact their nearest Traffic Inspector.
- There must be appropriate permit for the vehicle issued by competent authority as ‘passenger transport vehicle’.
- ‘On School Duty’ must be permanently written on the back and front of every vehicle carrying such school children.
- No such vehicle shall carry children in excess of its permitted seating capacity. No child should be allowed to sit on the lap of others, if any.
- There must be a First-aid box and drinking water strictly in the vehicle.
- The seat belts, wherever applicable, must be fastened properly.
- School name and telephone no. must be displayed.
- Every vehicle for carrying school children must be driven by a driver, who has minimum 5 years of experience in driving such categories of vehicles and must not have any record of previous traffic offences.
- Whenever a contract carriage is used for carrying school children, the owner of the vehicle must give intimation to the O.C. of local police station as well as to D.C. (Traffic), Kolkata Police / S.P. of the district indicating the name of the driver and particulars of the vehicle etc.
- There must be an attendant in every such vehicle to ensure safe travel of the children and render adequate assistance for safe embarking and dis-embarking of the children.