School buses come under scrutiny, fitness certificate to be obtained without fail

School buses come under scrutiny, fitness certificate to be obtained without fail

A fortnight ahead of school reopening, Regional Transport Officers, along with their counterparts in police and school education departments, are checking safety features of school buses.

Officials said the inspection process involved checking the emergency exit doors, speed governors that are compulsory to prevent rash driving and window grills.

The government came out with TN Motor Vehicles (Regulation and Control of School Buses) Rules, 2012, after Sruthi, a six-year-old girl student, died after she slipped through a hole on the floorboard of a school vehicle.

The official teams were given the responsibility to inspect all school buses before the academic year commences and ensure that they adhered to all the safety norms pertaining to floorboards, steps, seats, speed governors and windows.

“All vehicles that undergo the test will get a FC only if they have complied with the rules. Those vehicles that have been cleared will get an ‘Okay’ sticker from the committee,” an official was quoted as saying.

A total of 129 vehicles owned by 49 educational institutions located in West and South West Chennai were being inspected on Wednesday.