On the 27th, I had a meeting with the owners and drivers of private vans / buses which many of you use to transport your children to the school. The purpose of the meeting to emphasise the need for taking all actions which would ensure the safety of your children.
A legal requirement is that all private vans carrying students must be equipped with GPS. What this implied was explained to owners and drivers. Since you have made this agreement with this particular owner and van driver it is up to you to insist that this system is installed on the vehicle that transports your son.
There are other requirements too – which you can view from the school website under School - Transport. Please note that each owner / van driver (for each van) is to give the school an affidavit stating that they are complying with all norms (a draft copy will be also hosted on the school website) as per the rules and regulations by the Government of India and the Government of India NCR concerning the transport of students by private vehicles. This is to be with the school by the 15th April' 18. By the 15th of every month each van owner / driver is expected to give the school a copy of the GPS log – kindly ensure that this is done.
By the 7th April, every child must submit page E / F of the school diary, with attachments to their respective class teachers.
Thank you for working with the school authorities to ensure the safety of your children.
May our reflection on the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus lead to a more humane world. Happy Easter !
(Bro E V Miranda)
While the primary purpose of this note is to discuss GPS systems, we start with a brief overview on the entire topic.
For transporting children to school, even in private vans, the Government has issued several orders regarding responsibilities of:-
1. Van Owners
2. School Management
Refer, amongst others:
And several others:
Van Owners, School Management and Parents should read these circulars in full and ensure that the vans comply with each and every regulation.
Vans must have
Vans must not carry more than 1 ½ times the registered capacity of the van
This is not an exhaustive list. All are advised to read the above circulars in full, and also to visit the websites of Directorate of Education, Delhi Govt Transport Department and Delhi Traffic Police to see latest circulars and updates. Van Owners, School Management and Parents are all responsible for ensuring all guidelines are met
Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) has listed Registered GPS Device Models on its website (copy attached)
A typical GPS hardware looks like:
This is fitted under the dashboard or inside the engine compartment or to the vehicle OBD (computer) port and gets its power supply from the vehicle battery.
Hardware prices vary depending on the manufacturer and features, but are in the range of Rs 3000 to 8000, GST being extra. The better ones will sense multiple items besides location, like stoppage at an undeclared point, over speeding, harsh acceleration or braking etc.
In addition to the GPS hardware, there is a software component to show the van location on a map on a computer or mobile phone. Software is sold on an annual subscription basis. Each hardware maker has their own software, so to keep a common track, all vans should choose the same hardware.
Software prices again vary depending on manufacturer, but are between Rs 1100 to Rs 3500 per year per vehicle, GST extra. The better ones will give multiple reports and alerts, like stoppage at an undeclared point, over speeding, etc.
For example, from Map My India, hardware costs around Rs 6000, and software around Rs 2400 per year per vehicle. If this is chosen,