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Kerala Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has launched an inspection drive called 'Safe School Bus' to ensure school buses adhere to safety standards.
The officials will review the standards of maintenance, functioning of the speed governor, use of fire safety equipment, first-aid kits, hygiene and GPS devices.
At the same time, there is a tendency to temporarily install new tyres, speed governors, and pieces of equipment to overcome MVD inspections. However, many of these parts get removed once the vehicle receives clearance from the department. To avoid this, MVD will conduct regular inspections to catch the violators.
Additionally, school buses failing to appear for fitness inspection wouldn't be permitted to conduct services.
The New Guidelines
- Mandatory for the school bus drivers to have a work experience of 10 years; 5 years in case of heavy vehicles
- Bus drivers should wear a white shirt, black pants and carry an ID card
- Khaki dress is mandatory for drivers of other vehicles used for transporting students
- The maximum speed of the vehicle should not exceed 50 km/h
- People involved in criminal cases should not be employed on buses
- The educational institution's name should be written on the front and rear parts of the vehicle
- Other vehicles should notify in writing that it is 'On School Duty'
- A sticker on the vehicle to inform that the fitness test has been completed
- Ensure that a helper is available at all doors of the bus
- The maximum number of students in a school bus should not exceed the total number of available seats
- Should keep a register informing the names of students during each trip
- Emergency window mandatory; cooling film and curtain not allowed
- A mirror for the driver to see students boarding and exiting the bus
- A teacher or a non-teaching staff must accompany students on the bus
- Must display the school's name, contact details and emergency numbers on the vehicle