School bus inspection begins in Sivaganga

Asks drivers to be responsible and cautious

Describing their job as challenging and tough, Sivaganga Collector J. Jayakanthan on Thursday called upon drivers of school buses to maintain mental and physical fitness and cent per cent caution while transporting school children.

Addressing drivers after launching the annual inspection of school buses for issuance of fitness certificates (FC) in Sivaganga district, ahead of reopening of educational institutions after summer vacation, he said though most of the drivers were experienced, they must put aside their personal problems and remained focused while driving.

The drivers had a huge responsibility of safely transporting children to school and back home and, hence, they should be free from mental worries. “Driving is a tough and challenging job and you should set an example to others,” he said.

Exhorting drivers not to overtake vehicles when it was risky, he suggested that they attend eye camps every year.

While dropping children at home, they should ensure that they were safely handed over to their parents or guardians. After inspecting some of the buses, he launched a medical camp for drivers and their assistants.

Regional Transport Officer Kalyankumar said 464 buses of 228 schools in Sivaganga and Karaikudi regions would be inspected till May 31. The defective buses would be issued FC only if the faults and defects were rectified and re-presented for inspection.

The RTO and Vehicle Inspectors, Prabakaran and Murugan, checked speed governors, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, first aid box, height of footboard, driver cabin, bag racks, window grills, window glass panes, reflecting lights and seating arrangements.

Inspection of school buses for FCs became mandatory throughout the State after a six-year-old girl travelling in a school bus was run over by the same vehicle after she slipped through a hole on the bus floor and fell on the road near Chennai in July 2012.

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