SRINAGAR: School- going girls riding scooters are flouting a number of traffic rules.
Dozens of girl students between the age group of 15-17 from various educational Institutes of Srinagar are using ‘scooties’ as a mode of transportation from home to school and tuition centres.
“I do not have a license. I ride to school and back home on a scooty. Earlier I used to travel by public bus. Since, personal transportation is quick and convenient; I now travel by a scooty,” said Hina (17), student at Government Higher Secondary School, Kothi Bagh.
Adding to it, Arooj (17) from same School said, “I live nearby but for tuitions I have to travel to another place. It gets easy when one has one’s own transportation. However, I do get scared if I find a traffic cop checking licence and other documents.”
Mehnaz (16) studying at ‘Green Valley School’ said the non-availability of traffic cops at certain routes is serving as a blessing. “There are no traffics cops on that route who will ask for a licence,” said she.
According to the traffic police norms, the minimum age for acquiring a licence is 18. Besides, driving without a license is a punishable offense. The state traffic department has issued guidelines for school girls across Srinagar in this regard. However, it seems not many are willing to follow them.
Authorities blame parents for providing two-wheelers to their minor wards. “The main problem is with parents”, said Superintendent Police Traffic, Srinagar, Haseeb Ur Rehman adding, “They should think and restrain from providing vehicles to their underage wards.”