The Punjab and Haryana governments were on Wednesday directed by the high court to consider reducing the upper limit fixed for issuing fitness certificates to buses engaged in the transportation of school children.
The bench of justice Rajive Bhalla during the resumed hearing on school children transportation issues observed that government buses get a fitness certificate to ply on roads for up to 10 years, but private buses were allowed to continue operations till 15 years. The bench asked both states to consider bringing down the fitness certificate period to ensure safety of school children.
The replies have been sought from the governments by September 30, the next date of hearing. The court also asked private schools of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, and Amritsar accused of violating safety norms to file their responses by the next date of hearing, otherwise the court could issue bailable warrants against the school authorities. In the past six months, several schools have got notices for violations after court-appointed commissioners submitted their reports. However, many schools have not responded to court notices.