TIA Transport Management
Transport is an integral part of the activities of Techno India Agartala. Its mandatory for every student to enroll for the transport services except exceptional cases permitted by the Transport Management Authority of TIA and/or the Faculty-in-Charge of the Student Affairs.
When we appoint Transport contractors, we hire a strategic partner who works closely with us to implement solutions, identify opportunities and confront strategic issues.
We believe that our bus is an extension of a classroom and it is important that the institute authorities give adequate attention to the discipline and well-being of the students in buses.
We also plan to have student monitors, in every bus, who can not only maintain discipline inside the bus but also give feedback to our Transportation Management authority of the institute regarding the bus service.
The Transport Department & Parents
We value the parents trust in our service and endeavor to provide the highest standards of care. In this regard our representatives in the Transport Department are in constant touch with the parents. We listen to the parents. The parents should give their feedback through the
Student Management and Control
One area in student transportation that can cause very serious problems for the transportation supervisor, bus driver, and the institute is student behavior.
It is probably the most complex and demanding phase of the student transportation system, as well as the hardest to satisfactorily handle. Student behavior on institute buses can become a serious problem for bus drivers and the institute if not properly and timely corrected.
A co-ordinated and mutually respected platform for the parents, institute and the Transport Management in the form of a “Transport Committee” will go a long way in bringing about positive attitudinal changes in all concerned.
The best way to correct the student behavior problem is to have a clear and definite understanding of what is expected on the part of all parties concerned. All guidance concerning student behavior should be well known and clearly understood by bus drivers, students, parents, administrators and teachers and Institute Transport Services members. All concerned are requested to abide by the following:
Transport Department’s Administrative Responsibilities
The Transport Department at Podar sets the tone for the safe transportation of students. Clear and concise policy statements are made and adopted. The Transport Department will adhere to all the bus specifications and safety measures prescribed by the Regional and State Transport Authority. They are responsible for-
- Comprehensive evaluation of the transport system
- Preparation of policies and procedures and effective implementation
- Institute bus routing efficiency audit
- Routing and logistics solutions
- Recruitment and training (pre-service training programme, Quarterly in-service training) of drivers, Conductors and Lady Attendants and monitoring their performance on a daily ongoing basis.
- Deployment of buses with specification prescribed by RTA / local authorities
- Maintenance and upkeep of buses
- Ensuring the highest standards in institute transportation
Functional Responsibility of the TIA Transport Management
- For bus drivers to effectively perform their duties, the Principal or person designated by the institute must enforce rules and regulations concerning transportation of pupils.
- When cases of indiscipline, damage of buses or any misbehavior are brought to the attention take necessary disciplinary action.
- Should be aware of the seating plan of students in the buses, details of the routes and the time taken for picking-up and dropping-off of students.
- Create awareness of road safety and bus safety amongst the students through various activities.
- Provide a safe environment in the bus parking zone
- Provide necessary training to the conductors/ bus supervisors to take care of the students, to take their attendance in every trip and also etiquette and manners in dealing with parents and students
- Teachers and administration staff of institutes must be present at the parking zone to ensure safety of students when they arrive and depart.
The Institute and Teachers :
- It should be mandatory that students are provided instructions in institute on bus safety and receives one evaluation procedure at least once a year. Teachers have a golden opportunity to impart safety instructions and material in the classroom. Lessons can be geared around transportation according to grade level. Students can be asked to write compositions expressing feelings, reactions and concerns about transportation. Class discussions are beneficial. It just needs a little imagination and effort. Teachers can do some seemingly small things that will help educate the students, obtain brilliant ideas from them for us to emulate and to prevent accidents.
- Send students on time for buses. Let them not run to catch buses.
- Teachers should discourage students to carry bulky projects or instruments that might block aisles.
- Speak positively to students about transportation safety.
- Teachers should have a good knowledge of local rules and regulations regarding transportation.
Students must bear their share of responsibility for safety while traveling in institute buses. The privilege of any student to ride a institute bus is conditioned upon their good behavior and observance of the rules and regulations set forth by the institute and transport operator. Certain levels of conduct are expected of any and all students riding the bus. All students shall conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the safe transportation of all. No conduct will be tolerated that will in any way cause distraction of a driver’s attention that might result in unsafe operation of the bus. Students are expected to respect the authority of the bus driver and obey his/her instructions. If the rules are followed, all concerned can expect to have a safe bus trip.
While Waiting To Board The Bus
- Arrive at your assigned bus stop five (5) minutes ahead of the bus. The driver cannot wait for you, as it may create traffic problems.
- Do not play in the path of traffic and stand well away from the road when the bus approaches.
- Remember the danger zone around the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough to the bus to touch it. The bus driver cannot see you when you are in the danger zone.
- Do not damage others property while waiting for the bus.
- Avoid making excessive noise.
- Fighting and playing at bus stops and on the way to and from institute should be avoided.
- Never run alongside the bus when the bus is moving. Wait until the bus stops and the driver/conductor signals and then walk to the door and board the bus in an orderly manner. DO NOT PUSH OR SHOVE.
While Riding On The Bus
- Students shall remain properly seated while the bus is in motion.
- The windows of the bus must be closed at all times. On no account does any student have the right to open a window of a bus. This is in keeping with the preventive measures against any injury to the student.
- Refrain from talking to the driver except in an emergency.
- No one shall tamper with any equipment or operate any part of the bus.
- Do not mar or deface the bus. Students caught damaging bus equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or restitution.
- There is to be no fighting or profanity on the bus or any loud disturbances.
- Students must not wave or shout at pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles. Do not throw objects from bus windows.
- Eating inside the bus is not permitted. Save snacks for snack time at institute or till you get home. They may spill or you may choke if the bus goes over a bump.
- Use of tobacco and its by-products or drugs, in any form, is prohibited.
- Bullying / fighting, use of abusive language is not permitted.
- Students are required to ride their assigned bus, unless they have written approval from the Transport Department.
While leaving the bus
- When you leave the bus, hold the handrail.
- In case you need to cross a street, ensure that you cross it in front of the bus. Cross only when the driver/conductor gives a signal. Cross the street in single file.
- If you drop something near the bus, don’t pick it up. Tell the driver or another adult.
- If everyone is getting off the bus, the people in the front leave first. Do not push. Allow small students and/or disabled students to board/alight first.
- Be familiar with the rules of emergencies.
Progress has been made in the improvement of safety and safety awareness in the transportation of students. However, one critical area that has not been explored to the fullest extent is the role responsibility of parents and guardians of the students. Safety awareness must begin and be consistently reinforced at home. The following points are suggested for parents:
- Familiarize themselves with institute and transport provider policies and procedures pertaining to riding a bus. Know their child’s bus number, telephone numbers of the Bus Driver, Transport Supervisor and Institute (all available at the website).
- Parents should try to establish the exact time their children should be at the bus stop in the morning. They should also recognize the dangers of students playing at the edge of a busy roadway.
- Warn their students of the dangers of strangers who appear friendly and hang around bus stops.
- Provide their child with a institute bag to carry all their institute supplies. Loose papers / materials are a serious hazard.
- Stress the importance of remaining properly seated and reasonably quiet and disciplined while aboard the bus.
- Familiarize them with emergency procedures and danger zones around the bus and suggest they discuss these zones with their students.
- Make sure students have their bus ID cards.
- Parents should explain to their child that situations aboard the bus may not always be familiar. The bus might have to take an alternative route, a substitute may be driving the bus, or occasionally another bus might be used. If the child is confused, they need to be encouraged. It is in order to ask the Conductor/ Driver relevant questions.
- Parents should also support policies of the institute and transport provider.
- Parents needs to pay the transport fee periodically
- Parents needs to verify if their child actually paid the transport fee or not.
Responsibilities of students and their Guardians as per RTA booklet
- The student must maintain cleanliness of the bus and advise the institute management or his / her guardian in case the driver or any other student breaches the rules in transit.
- The Transport Department / Institute is solely entitled to deny any student from transport service in case any of the following condition apply:)
- If the student is to blame for delaying the trip more than three times in a single academic year.
- If the student breaches any safety rule and makes others liable to danger during the trip.
- If the student deliberately alights from the bus before arriving to the specified drop-off point, without a prior consent.
- If the student, against whom more than three written complaints were made during a single academic year, continues to cause troubles.
- From (a) to (d) while remain in force , a student need to pay for the transport.
Institute Bus Driver’s Responsibilities
The conduct of students on a bus has a direct relationship to their safety. The position should be taken that no act or conduct that distracts the driver from safely maneuvering the institute bus through traffic and operating the bus safely will be condoned or tolerated. Swift and firm action must be taken by the driver to solve and correct these problems.
- One of the first steps a institute bus driver must take toward controlling student behavior is to set a proper example. The driver should always practice good driving habits, take personal interest in the job, keep abreast of all advancements that take place in pupil transportation and take excellent care of the equipment.
- Secondly, the attitude toward the job and toward the students is critical. The driver must realize that it is more important to be “respected” by the students than to be “liked” by them. Students can accept and will conform to rules and regulations, which are fairly, firmly and consistently enforced. Letting some students get away with breaking the rules in order to be nice so that they will like you is a sure way for the institute bus driver to have trouble! This tactic will result in students losing respect for the driver.
The Institute bus driver should be the best defensive driver on the road.
- understand and obey all traffic laws.
- attend all training sessions.
- maintain the buses in excellent condition.
- never over-speed.
- physically check the bus after every trip to be sure that no student is left behind.
A student must produce transport pass on demand while using the TIA transport.