NCPA moots :
Special license for school vans
Vehicles to undergo quality checks :
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is planning to issue a
special license to vans transporting schoolchildren to ensure optimum
protection and facilities to the children.
NCPA Chairperson Anoma Dissanayake yesterday said their own main
focus is to prevent any possible abuse during transportation and to
ensure that the vehicles conform to existing quality and safety
“The vehicles would have to undergo quality checks and drivers would
be subjected to a security and health check. They would have to obtain a
police report including finger printing procedures,” she said.
“The vehicle owners would not be allowed to change drivers without
prior permission from the NCPA,” Dissanayake said.
“A female adult will have to be present in the vehicle at all times
when transporting girls and minors,” she added.
Police recently arrested a school van driver, who had sexually abused
a three-year-old child and according to Dissanayake several such
incidents had been reported in the recent past.
The NCPA sponsored awareness program for drivers recently had not met
with desired results, she noted.
The NCPA chairperson added that the proposed changes would be better
suited at ensuring safe transportation to school going children.
According to her, the Cabinet Sub Committee appointed to look into
the matter and the NCPA hierarchy would meet during the course of the
week to finalise matters.
A report in this regard is to be submitted to the Cabinet for