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'Won't allow school buses to run without fitness certificate'

mumbai Updated: Apr 09, 2012 00:51 IST
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The School Bus Owners' Association has threatened to take off the streets all the school buses that do not have fitness or insurance certificates.

"We have not announced any school bus strike. Considering the safety of the children, we just won't allow buses without fitness and insurance certificates to ply," said Anil Garg, president of the association.

The association and the transport department have been at odds over the issue of passing fitness certificates to school buses.

"The high court has directed the transport department to pass fitness certificates to all the school buses by April 30; but the department is asking that these buses fulfill all 23 norms laid in the new school bus policy," said Garg.

There are around 8,000 school buses in the state, out of which 10% are in the city. RTO officials stopped issuing fitness certificates to them after the new school bus policy, with 23 conditions, was made effective. The association went on strike last month, opposing some of these norms.

The transport department wasn't available for official comment. But an official, who is not authorised to speak to the media, said that the association was playing pressure tactics for in order to avoid fulfilling conditions in the school bus policy.