Last week, the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) inspe-cted 320 school buses, of which 92 were found to be violating norms. At least 25 buses had major lapses such as lack of fitness certificates, no rods or nets on windows, no speed governors and no emergency exits.
“As per the court directive, no contractor can keep buses off the road. The RTO should continue its action to ensure that children’s safety is not compromised,” said Anujkumar Pandey, secretary of All India Federation of Parents Teachers Association.
Dr MS Deshmukh, president of Students Welfare Association, said: “Parents must insist that sc-hools implement the bus policy.”
Anil Garg, president of School Bus Owners’ Association, clai-med that speed governors are not available in the market. Bharat Kalaskar, deputy regional transport officer, Andheri, said they are available. “Bus operators are not installing them as they want to use school buses for private parties and need faster buses for that.”