Almost half the number of school-owned buses in the island city don’t meet the school bus safety norms.
The Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has started cracking down on schools operating such buses and has sent notices to three schools for running buses that don’t have fitness certificates, speed governors, for non-renewal of permit and tax payment defaults.
Of the 104 school-owned buses in the island city, the Tardeo RTO found that 50 buses did not meet the safety standards; notices have been sent for 20 such vehicles.
“We are short-listing schools that have violated safety norms. Notices will be served and they will have to respond within three days,” said Madhukar Jadhav, RTO, Tardeo.
The schools that have got notices are the Society for the Education of the Crippled in Agripada, Convent of Jesus and Mary Special School in Byculla and Bombay Teen Challenge in Lower Parel. These schools have not responded 10 days after getting the notice.
“Six more schools have been identified for action,” he said. Sources said these schools are in Cuffe Parade, Worli, Colaba and Fort.