The government has reduced the age limit for public transport vehicles, including school buses, to promote road safety.
The maximum age limit for the buses has been brought down to 15 years from the present 20 and for the CNG buses the limit has been fixed at 17 years in urban areas. But for school buses, the age limits are further reduced.
Non CNG school buses that are over 10 years old and CNG buses that are older than 12 years will not be allowed to operate in urban areas. In rural areas, the limits for school buses has been fixed at 12 years and 15 years for the CNG buses. At present the age limit was between 15 years and 20 years depending on the location of plying.
Likewise, in cities non-CNG buses older than 10 years and CNG buses older than 12 years will not be permitted.
The vehicle owners whose vehicles have crossed the age limits have been given four months time to replace their over-aged vehicles, the transport department said.
The State Transport Authority (STA) revised the age limits of vehicles at a meeting presided over by Transport Commissioner; Archna Agrawal, here on Wednesday.
The move would affect every public transport vehicle, including tempos, autos and taxies that are over five years (non-CNG) and over seven years (CNG). These would not be allowed to ply in smaller cities.
In fact, the age-limit restrictions would be applicable uniformly across the state, a transport department official said.