At the start of the school season, the Bengaluru city traffic police have booked 1255 cases against school buses and auto rickshaws for overloading in violation of Supreme Court (SC) guidelines.
The traffic police said that most of the vehicles were booked for overloading, not having attendees in the vehicles and for not having proper permits.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) MA Saleem said the traffic authorities had written to all private school managements to strictly follow Supreme Court guidelines for their vehicles. “We have given them a week’s time to settle all issues regarding the safety of school children,” Saleem said.
On the basis of guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India the Karnataka State Transport Department has issued guidelines for school vehicles to be fitted with speed governors with a maximum speed limit of 40 kmph, for school vehicles to be not more than 15 years old and for vehicles not to carry more children than 1.5 times the permitted seating capacity.
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