RTA to crack whip on unfit buses

RTA to crack whip on unfit buses
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It was mandated that all buses operated by the educational institutions should obtain fitness certificates from Transport department, to ensure safety of students. Despite the rule and special drive on fitness certificates, only 150 buses out of 3,100 have obtained fitness certificates by June 1.

Kakinada: The Transport department officials are gearing up to crack whip on the unfit buses being operated by the educational institutions as only 150 buses out of 3,100 obtained fitness certificates from the department.

It was mandated that all buses operated by the educational institutions should obtain fitness certificates from Transport department, to ensure safety of students.

Despite the rule and special drive on fitness certificates, only 150 buses out of 3,100 have obtained fitness certificates by June 1.

Speaking to The Hans India in-charge DTC Siri Anand said that they are hopeful of completing fitness tests June 15. “Operating buses without fitness certificates is liable for stringent action, which includes cancellation of permits,” she warned.

The in-charge DTC said that they would be launching a special drive to crack down on the buses that play on the roads without fitness certificates.

“It is the responsibility of the management. During the renewal of fitness certificates, it was found that many corporate schools are plying school buses without proper documents and fitness certificates.

Besides, some buses were carrying students more than the capacity violating the Motor Vehicles Act 1988,” she said
When contacted on the issue, MS Rao, a representative of Mandapeta Area Private Schools Welfare Association said that the steep raise in vehicle insurance from Rs 10,000 per annum to Rs 40,000 coupled hike in vehicle tax and wages of driver and support staff are forcing many school managements to think twice before renewing fitness certificates for vehicles. “

Going by the trend schools and colleges may withdraw the bus facility because of huge expenditure involved in operating buses,” he added.

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