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New school bus norms placed before Assembly: State in HC

The state government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it had placed its new regulations for school buses before the Legislative Assembly,contrary to the claim of the School Bus Owners’ Association.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2012 1:53:45 am

The state government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it had placed its new regulations for school buses before the Legislative Assembly,contrary to the claim of the School Bus Owners’ Association (SBOA).

The statement was made by assistant government pleader G W Mattos in response to a petition filed by the SBOA demanding extension of the stay on the notification,which lays down the new norms. “The state government had placed the rules before the Assembly and Council on April 18,2012. We also then took into account the suggestions and objections of the SBOA before issuing its draft notification,” Mattos said.

In several hearings of the case,the association had claimed that the norms had not been placed before the Assembly as mandated by law.

The government pleader also told the court that temporary fitness certificates and permits will be issued to school buses till the end of July.

The court has recorded the statement of the state government and disposed of the petition.

The SBOA has expressed its objection to several provisions in the notification,including requirements of an attendant inside the buses,a safety rod at the entrance,and the maximum age of the buses.

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