KARACHI: Since childhood, we are told how bad pollution is and how deleterious its effects are for our health. But when it comes to practice, we are not really bothered about ensuring that there are no smoke-emitting vehicles used to transport our children to and from schools. People send their children in such buses to schools just to save themselves the arduous duty of taking them in their own conveyance. But these smoke-emitting buses and vans pose a serious threat to the health and lives of our children. They use cheap fuel to minimise costs and pass on a huge financial burden to our future by opening up the possibility of our little ones acquiring respiratory diseases in the future.
Educational institutions need to ensure that the school buses for children are well-maintained and do not emit smoke. Parents should also check that the bus they hire for their children should not be a smoking chimney on the road.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2014.