Your child’s journey to school will be safer from the coming academic year, as the regional transport authorities plan to conduct checks on all school buses and vans by the end of the month.
The city has more than 3,000 registered school buses, apart from school vans.
Acting on the directives issued by the high court, the city regional transport offices (RTOs) have asked all owners to bring school buses for inspection.
While the focus will be on the mechanical fitness of the vehicles, the authorities will look at compliance with the conditions laid down in the state’s school bus policy, said an official from the Wadala regional transport office, on condition of anonymity.
“While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), the Nagpur high court had ordered mechanical checks of all school buses before the end of the summer vacation. So we have taken up the drive,” said a senior official from the Tardeo RTO, on conditon of anonymity.
According to RTO officials, those failing to produce their vehicles for inspection will not be given permission to use them for school transport.
The mechanical condition, colour code, speed governors, seats, height, emergency exit among others will be taken into account during the inspection.