Private School Van Service In Islamabad: Implications For Urban Transport Regulations
Author: Alishba Naeem Ansari


School transport issues are important concerns for public policy from transport as well as educational perspective. This exploratory study investigates how children are traveling to school in the city of Islamabad and gauges the quality and safety of existing service through school children’s experience and views about private school van service. The research employed qualitative methods of data collection and thematic analysis analysis approach. For this purpose, focus groups discussions were conducted with children at ten private and eight government schools. To gauge perspective of all relevant stakeholders, parents, service providers, school management, Capital Development Authority, Transport Authority, Private Education Institutes Regulatory Authority and Traffic Police were interviewed using an interview guide. The results of the study indicate that private school van is the second most used mode of transport among both government and private schools. The parental work schedule and location, home-school distance, attitude towards van service and household factors are influential in school travel decisions, inter alia. As for perception about travel, with respect to school van social aspect is viewed positively by parents and children. However, comfort and safety levels are viewed negatively. The study revealed that overloading is a major concern for van users and regulators alike. The issues of vehicle fitness and service registration are also analyzed. The study identified that gap in enforcement is mainly due to legislative, and resource constrains. Additionally, the study also discusses issues limitations on active modes of transport for school travel. The outcomes of this study can be used by transport regulators and policymakers to formulate regulations for the service and other school transport issues.

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