To keep track of vehicle movement, speed

The Global Positioning System (GPS) will be made mandatory in school buses in the district from the coming academic year.

A meeting of the road safety committee chaired by District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar said GPS was necessary to ensure the safety of the school buses and children.

Mr. Mohan Kumar would hold a meeting of school headmasters and managers on May 17 to seek their opinion on the implementation of the GPS.

The GPS will enable the Motor Vehicles Department, parents, and school authorities to keep track of the movement of school buses and their speed. The buses would be monitored from a control room. Students would be issued radio frequency identification and detection (RFID) card to enable school authorities and parents to monitor their movement. An SMS will be sent to the school and parents concerned as soon as a student, wearing the card, boarded the school bus.

Assistant Commissioner (City Traffic) Saviour Sebastian, Road Transport Officer P.T. Sasidharan Nair, Vadakara Regional Transport Officer Rajiv Puthalath, and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut M.V.L.R. Anjaneyalu were present at the meeting.

Delayed start

The district administration had decided to implement the GPS system in school buses in November 2011, but the idea did not materialise.

The plan then included employing only those drivers who had a clean record and at least 10 years of experience driving school buses, and door attenders to ensure that the children got in and out of the bus safely.

  • Meeting with school headmasters, managers on May 17

  • Students to be issued RFID card