BENGALURU:The Transport Department on Thursday booked 10 buses of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation for failing to meet Supreme Court guidelines on safe transportation of students to schools. All the buses were ferrying students of Sophia School near Chalukya Circle, an RTO official said.
The guidelines issued by the apex court state that all school buses must have the right permits as well as the text ‘On-school Duty’ prominently displayed on the vehicle body. Other rules include the provision of a first-aid box and drinking water in the bus, besides other measures like emergency exit and lockable doors.
“When we stopped these buses today, several did not have grills installed. In other cases, the glass on the windows and doors was open or broken. There were other violations of the guidelines too...” an RTO official said.
The RTO has sent a notice to the managing director of BMTC for using city buses to ferry school children. The RTO official said they would continue the drive against unsafe buses that take school children across the city.
BMTC Managing Director Ekroop Caur said the corporation plies almost 300 buses for transportation of school children. “We will take up the matter with the RTO. While some guidelines like having a list of children using the service can be complied with, there are other rules for which we will seek clarification,” she said.