Six school vehicles seized in Bhopal for flouting norms

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 17:53 IST

A RTO official inspects a van as part of the ongoing drive to keep a check on vehicles carrying students to schools, in Bhopal on Tuesday.  (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) on Tuesday seized six school vehicles for not following the Supreme Court guidelines. A team of RTO conducted inspection at Shyamla Hills to check lacunas in school vehicles.

The vehicles which were seized by the RTO team included a minibus, three vans and a Tata magic. All these vehicles were not as per the Supreme Court guidelines.

The driver of the seized minibus neither had permit nor license. The bus was also lacking space to keep bags of children, which is mandatory according to the guidelines of Supreme Court. There was no first aid box in the bus. Fire extinguisher, which is a must in school vehicles, was also missing. According to RTO officials, the bus belonged to Central School.

Besides, the seized vans and Tata Magic were overloaded with children. The Supreme Court guidelines clearly state that no such vehicle shall carry children in excess of its permitted seating capacity and no child should be allowed to sit on the lap of others.

The drivers of seized vehicles were also lacking experience certificate despite clear guidelines that every vehicle for carrying school children must be driven by a driver, who has minimum five years of experience in driving.

RTO inspector, Anil Singh said penalty of `5,000 to `20,000 would be charged from the drivers of seized vehicles. The seized vehicles would be released only if proper documents would be presented by the driver, he added.


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