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Sir, — None of the vehicles ferrying students in the city have seatbelts, which are required in the chaotic traffic.

Such vehicles must be painted bright yellow with ‘school bus’ written on all sides. In the west, school buses/vans have the right of way, and no one overtakes them. Drivers/helpers in school buses must be trained in first-aid. Speed limit should be imposed. . Use of autorickshaws to ferry students must be slowly phased out.

D.B.N. Murthy,

Bangalore

Imposing fine

Sir, — While the BBMP is looking at imposing fine for putting up big posters at various points in the city, it should also look at penalising those who stick advertisements on lampposts, traffic signals, walls and trees. Many fit huge advertisements on trucks and park them at various spots. They should also be penalised.

G Padmanabhan,

Bangalore

‘Ban gutka’

Sir, — I don’t understand why the Karnataka government is dragging its feet on deciding to ban ‘gutka’ and related tobacco products. Doctors have warned repeatedly of the high incidence of oral cancer among gutka-users; it can also lead to addiction. Already 14 States have banned it. Lakhs of people consume gutka despite knowing its negative effects. I hope the State government will take immediate action in this regard before Assembly elections.

K.S. Sundaram,

Bangalore

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