New rules for school buses
Posted on: 23 May 2012
Thiruvananthapuram: The govt has made it compulsory for school buses to keep record of students travelling in the bus. Information like parents address, phone number should be kept laminated in buses.
The government has amended the Motor Vehicles Act 1989 by incorporating all the 14 recommendations, including this. The permit for buses would be given only if this recommendation is fulfilled.
A board `On school duty' written in blue ink under white background should be displayed on the front and back side of the bus.
There should also be a first aid kit and fire extinguisher. Locks for doors and grills for windows must also be there. There should be sufficient space to accommodate school bags.
The driver should have more than 10 years experience and five years experience driving a heavy vehicle. Those who have violated traffic rules twice in a year should not be appointed as drivers. Those who were punished for drunken driving and for overspeeding is not eligible to be appointed. School authorities must undertake surprise checks of buses at regular intervals.