Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune has cracking down on school transport vehicles plying without permits, fitness certificates and plying with using LPG cylinder in the city. Those transporters flouting safety norms and stipulated school bus policy are also being taken to task.
The RTO started a special drive against school buses and vans from Thursday. In the two-day drive, the RTO checked over 350 vehicles, including vans and school buses of which 75 were detained for not meeting requirements. Out of this 52 vehicles were seized. The RTO has charged Rs 1,23,300 as fine and collected Rs 6,579 as tax.
Strict action was initiated across the city by six squads deployed by RTO which includes three motor vehicle inspectors. The squads have now issued memos to the transporters instructing them to produce relevant documents and meet mandatory provisions without which they will not be allowed to ferry children to school.
The RTO continued its action against errant drivers on Friday and vehicles were checked at random across the city.
The RTO has repeatedly told transporters to meet the safety norms and obtain fitness certificates for which vehicles have to be brought in for inspection. A warning was issued by the transport office in October about strict action against errant drivers after Diwali.
BI Ajri, Regional Transport Officer, Pune, said, “The detained vehicles will not be allowed to ferry children to schools till the norms are met. It is not difficult for transporters to comply with the norms. Some have already shown willingness to produce documents at the earliest.”
Meanwhile, he said some violators were found ferrying children to schools in private vehicles. The transporters are not supposed to use private vehicles for school transport. When questioned, the transporters claimed the school administrations were hesitating to sign a contract with transporters pertaining to school transport. In fact, signing a contract is mandatory for both the transporter and the school. Transporters claimed that non-cooperation from schools was stopping them from obtaining school permits.
RTO has appealed to schools and transporters to sign a valid contract and renew it every year.