State Transport department has extended the regularisation of norms for pool cars by one week. The department had earlier asked that the pool cars have to fulfill the requirements set by the department within November 31.
As many of the arrangements are yet to be done, the pool car owners’ organisations had urged the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari to grant an extension. The minister granted their prayer and a week’s time has been given to them.
Anupam Dutta, secretary of pool car owners’ welfare association said: “It would take some more time to meet the parameters set by the Transport department. The minister has extended the last date by one week. It is taking some more time as it requires a huge amount of money to change the pool cars that have failed the fitness tests.”
Following series of pool car accidents, Suvendu Adhikari announced that it was mandatory for the school buses to have GPS system and panic button installed, otherwise, they would not be allowed to hit the road. The vehicles which were registered before 2006 will not be given permission for the renewal of registration. The Transport minister also urged the driver not to ply the vehicles if the owners were reluctant to follow the rules set by the department.
The minister asked the drivers to inform the Transport department if the owners of the vehicle forced them to take the vehicles out on the streets without making the required adjustments. He also reminded that his department would take steps against the offenders.
The minister strictly said that all the school bus owners must adhere to the norms imposed by the department. The old vehicles which were registered before 2006 would not be allowed to ferry the school students. Speed governance has to be installed in the school buses.