The new rule that all vehicles transporting schoolchildren should be painted in yellow has been opposed by the city-based Tourist Car and Van Owner-Driver Association.
President of the Association M. Dinesh Kumpala told presspersons that this would affect their business. Pointing out that after dropping students, the vehicles are available for hire for others, he said they would not be able to continue that if the new rule was implemented. No tourist would travel in the vehicles painted yellow. Besides, demand for the vehicles had already slumped and the situation would aggravate.
He said the vehicles were required to sport yellow number plates, which would also further affect their business as certain sections such as wedding parties would prefer to hire the vehicles with white number plates, he said.
Regional Transport Officer C. Mallikarjun said painting such vehicles yellow was not optional as it was the policy of the State government. However, sufficient time would be given for the vehicles to comply with the new rule. “We are not asking them to do it overnight,” he said, and added, “They have to do it.”
Mr. Mallikarjun said all vehicles carrying schoolchildren must be registered as commercial vehicles and thus have yellow number plates.