State transport department is going to take stringent measures to check pool car accidents and will not allow the school buses that flout the norms imposed by the department, to ply.
State transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday said that it is 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.
At a workshop organised by the West Bengal Contract Carriage Owners and Operators Association at Rabindra Sadan, the transport minister 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 driver to inform the transport department if the owners of the vehicle force 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.
“All the school bus owners must adhere to the norms imposed by our department. GPS system and panic button must be installed in the vehicles. 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,” Adhikari said at the programme.
In the wake of the last few incidents of pool car accidents in the city and other parts of the state, the transport department had started a drive and intercepted the pool cars and school buses and examined them.
The senior officials of the motor vehicles during the inspection found that many of these vehicles were not fit for ferrying the school children.
Following the incident the transport department had asked the owners not to ply the vehicles which were declared unfit by the department. But this had led to a scarcity of the pool cars and the school children were inconvenienced. After going through all the aspects, the department is going to take stringent action against the vehicles that flout the norms laid down by the department.
It may be mentioned that after becoming the transport minister, Suvendu Adhikari asked his department to take up the issue as it is of utmost importance. Often, there were incidents where the school children got injured in the pool cars or school bus accidents. Most of the time, it has been observed that the vehicles were not fit for ferrying the children.