The Chandigarh Administration has told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that when school buses were inspected last month 13 of the vehicles were found without proper speed governors and were immediately impounded. The secretary of the State Transport Authority in a status report dated October 10 informed the High Court that the officials of the department conducted regular inspection of the buses and found out that out of 145 vehicles, 13 of them were found without speed governors or speed governors were not in a working condition.
“Those school buses were impounded and the speed governors were fitted into them before they were released,” the official said in the report. The High Court in August had said that school buses without proper equipment cannot be allowed to ply and they are liable to be impounded. “We are of the view that school buses without speed governor cannot be allowed to ply and such buses are liable to be impounded till they are fitted,” a division bench of the High Court had said.
“Apart from the aforesaid inspections/checking the buses are also being inspected annually by the Board of Inspection comprising Secretary/Additional Secretary, STA and Motor Vehicle Inspector,” the official said in the report, adding the traffic police also inspects the school buses regularly for proper implementation of the Safe Transportation Policy.”
Earlier, the High Court had taken a strong note of a written submission by the UT administration that disconnected speed governor of school buses was a “minor discrepancy” for which only a warning has been issued to the erring schools by the authorities.