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Fitness matters: SFI activists presenting a menmorandum to the RTO. V. Kumar Bhashar on the condition of school buses in Khammam.
Fitness matters: SFI activists presenting a menmorandum to the RTO. V. Kumar Bhashar on the condition of school buses in Khammam.

Staff Reporter

Private schools plying as many as 416 buses and vans

All the vehicles operated by the schools will be put to fitness test

Transport Department to organise workshop for school bus drivers

KHAMMAM: Regulation of traffic of school buses and commercial vehicles on the Khammam roads is high on the agenda of the Transport Department. The officials in coordination with other departments concerned are planning to come out with new guidelines for operation of the school buses so as to decongest the peak hour traffic in the towns such as Khammam and Kothagudem.

The private schools have been plying as many as 416 buses and vans – a fleet as large as the one being operated by the State Road Transport Corporation in the district. Another 150 vehicles owned by the private schools were either condemned or off the road for different reasons. The number of school buses is on the increase year after year.

In addition to this, hundreds of auto rickshaws engaged in transportation of schoolchildren were also hitting the roads thus adding to the peak hour congestion. More number of the autos were involved in the road accidents. The Transport Department officials were toying with the idea of allowing the operation of the school buses in specific timings.

If needed, the timings of schools should be changed by taking up the congestion problem with the District Collector, the Superintendent of Police and the District Educational officer, said a senior officer of the Transport Department. The issue would be discussed with the unions of the school managements also in all the towns.

The officials said that 78 school buses were issued fitness certificates in Khammam division just before the reopening of the educational institutions. Stringent measures were initiated to make the school managements to attend repairs of the vehicles carrying the children in a full-fledged manner.

All the vehicles operated by the schools would once again be put to fitness test within a month’s time as part of a special drive. The Transport Department would soon organise a workshop for educating the school bus drivers. The managements were also expected to be in the know of the regulations for operations of the vehicles.

They said the parents sending children by school buses should be bold enough to question the schools managements on their lapses. Even if the driver was at fault it should either be taken up with the school authorities or the department officials concerned immediately.


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