In an important decision that may help promote road safety in the state, the Transport Department has revised the maximum age limit for all public transport vehicles including school buses.
The age limit allowable for buses to ply has been reduced to 15 years for non-CNG buses and 17 years for CNG buses from 20 years at present. Non-CNG school buses and CNG school buses older than 10 years and 12 years, respectively will not be allowed to operate in a city area. At present, the age limit for them was fixed at 15-20 years, varying from city to city. In rural the age limit for school buses has been fixed at 12 years for non-CNG and 15 year for CNG.
The age-limit has been reduced to 10 years for non-CNG city buses and 12 years for CNG city buses. At present the age limit for them varied between 9-20 years as decided by the local Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs) in different cities.
Now no such vehicles will be allowed to ply once it crosses the new age limit fixed for it. However, owners of all those existing vehicles which now become over-aged as per the new rules have been allowed a four-months grace period to be able to replace their aged vehicles.
The State Transport Authority (STA) at its meeting presided over by Transport Commissioner; Archna Agrawal here took this decision. The STA has divided vehicles into two categories non-CNG and CNG. The CNG vehicles have been provided greater life span than the non-CNG vehicles.
Similarly, tempos, taxis and autos will not be allowed to ply if older than five years (non-CNG) and seven years (CNG) in big towns. At present the age limit for them is 5-9 years. However, in smaller cities they will be allowed a longer life for eight years (Non-CNG) and 10 years (CNG).
Presently, till now they could ply till the achieved 10-15 years of age. A senior transport official said now the age limit that the STA had fixed would be applicable to vehicle in a uniform way, throughout the state.