RTOs Plan to Implement School Bus Regulations Strictly
RTOs plan to implement school bus safety policy in the State from January 2017. These regulations have already been enforced in the Twin City(Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack) and it is said that the policy will be implemented in other states within a month.
RTO-II of Bhubaneshwar, Sanjay Behera, said that no school buses should be permitted to overload children under any circumstances. Also he mentioned that every school bus should have an attendant along with a valid license approved by the Odisha Motor Vehicles Rules.
Behera added that every school bus should have safety grills, fire extinguishers, holding hangers and first aid box. Apart from that, drivers should have minimum experience of five years and should not be convicted of violating rules.
A transport committee should be appointed by every school, which consists of a police official, a school representative, a vehicle inspector and a PTA member. In addition to this, a district level committee should have an RTO, motor vehicle inspector, Deputy Sub Inspector, and District Educational Officer.
Collector of Khurda district, Niranjan Sahoo, said that speed governors and GPS should be made compulsory in every school buses. Also the speakers encouraged the use of “Ame Prahari” app for posting pictures of traffic violation. According to RTO sources, about 200 law breakers were identified via this app.
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