October 06, 2010

Parents to certify fitness of school buses

HYDERABAD: The transport department has made it mandatory that both parents’ committee and the school management should jointly verify fitness of school vehicles every month. The decision was taken after recent instances of mishaps involving school and college buses.

The provision was included by the transport department as guidelines issued for educational institution vehicles. After verification, both of them are expected to record their findings in a separate register meant for this purpose. Besides, a separate complaint book shall be made available by the principal. The principal concerned should also go check it at the end of every month and take necessary action.

Principal secretary (Transport department) SP Singh said a school/college bus should carry a list which mentions the names of students, their class, residential address and route plan. “The bus driver should not be more than 60 years of age. Managements should maintain a health card for each driver which must contain details of his eyesight, blood pressure and sugar level in each quarter,’’ SP Singh said in a order.

From now on, it is mandatory for the school management to appoint a driver only after confirming whether he has a genuine driver licence by cross-checking with Regional Transport Authority (RTA) officials. Every bus should have its name, address, telephone or mobile number printed on the rear of the vehicle. Doors should be fitted with a safe locking system.

Officials said these guidelines would be implemented after 30 days with suggestions and objections from various stake holders taken into consideration.


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