School bus owners move HC against cancellation of GR on children’s safety

The state government had issued the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles (Regulations for School Buses) Rules,2011,on March 22,2011,in English.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:December 20, 2013 2:43 am

The School Bus Owners Association (SBOA) on Thursday filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court,protesting the withdrawal of the Government Resolution on the school bus policy that held principals responsible for the safety of children during school transport.

The state government had issued the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles (Regulations for School Buses) Rules,2011,on March 22,2011,in English.

The state subsequently issued a GR,calling for implementation of the same,on September 14,2011.

While the original document was in English,the GR was a Marathi version of the same. The state,however,realised that the translated Marathi document had several errors and it took them two years to come out with the corrected version of the policy document in Marathi on November 18,2013.

A GR was issued to this effect. On November 26,yet another GR was issued,putting a stay on the November 18 GR. Finally,on December 18,during the winter session of the state Assembly,School Education Minister Rajendra Darda scrapped the November 18 GR.

This,however,has irked the SBOA,which has now filed an affidavit to their existing case in the HC.

“Is the state government making a mockery out of this? Is this some kind of a joke on us and on the parents? First,they introduce an erroneous policy. And then,they issue a GR,make changes to it,stay it and then finally scrap it. It has been three years since parents and school bus contractors are suffering due to the confusion. Hence,we have filed an affidavit in the court and sought judicial help in the matter,” said Anil Garg,president,(SBOA).

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