HYDERABAD: After a private school bus turned killer on Monday, the state road transport department said many private bus operators did not employ attendants.
M Praveen Rao, the deputy transport commissioner, Ranga Reddy (RR) district, under whose jurisdiction limit the mishap occurred, said the agency has slapped nearly 100 show cause notices on various schools since the beginning of the academic year 2018-19.
“We conducted a special drive in June to see if the schools were following the rules, ie, having an attendant on board and running with a valid fitness certificate, etc. We seized nearly 100 vehicles,” Rao told TOI.
He, however, said the ‘killer bus’ had a valid fitness certificate.
According to Rao there are more than 5,000 in and 500 of them are more than 15 years old and unfit to be used. “The institutes were told to junk these buses and surrender their registration certificates,” said Rao.
He said transport inspectors have been asked to check all school buses in the state to ensure their fitness.
Meanwhile, Shabir Ali, president, Private Teachers Forum, said: “Out of the 12, 000 schools in the state 8,000 belong to small-time managements. More than 90% of these do not have bus attendants. They employ whoever is willing to work for less pay. These deaths can be averted if the managements care about the safety of children.”
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