The government has issued instructions banning running of outdated school buses, Basi Reddy, Deputy Transport Commissioner has said.

Talking to media persons here on Thursday, he said that instructions had been given to transport officials to seize the school buses which had been in use for 15 years or more. He also directed them to issue fitness certificates to the buses which were in good condition.

There are nearly 1,200 schools and colleges in the district which have buses and of which 40 per cent are outdated. So far fitness certificates have been issued to 50 per cent of them by the transport officials at different places in the district.

Mr. Basi Reddy instructed the owners of the buses to obtain fitness certificates on or before June 11 failing which the buses would be seized by vehicle inspectors.

He asked the correspondents of schools not to appoint drivers aged 60 and above. Drivers of school buses should be checked for medical fitness once in three months at the cost of the school managements, Mr. Basi Reddy added.

Fitness certificates must for buses; health check for drivers once in three months