Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has set up six flying squads to inspect school buses carrying out illegal transport of students in the city.
Despite this, the flying squads have taken action against only 146 illegal school buses in the city from January to June. RTO now claims to have seized 38 school buses in the drive to stop the illegal transportation of students.
Despite the Nagpur High Court bench’s directive declaring June 15 as the deadline for the inspection of school transport vehicles, around 1,300 buses are yet to be inspected by the RTO.
“Normally, any vehicle has to take the test once a year. However, the High Court bench had directed that vehicles ferrying school children take the fitness test twice a year, with an aim to ensure the safety of vehicles. Now, the date has been extended by 10 more days on requests by the school bus representative body,” said Balasaheb Ajri, RTO, Pune.
According to the official, almost 3,600 school buses are registered with Pune RTO and only 1,830 bus fitness certificates have been provided by the bus owners.
“To encourage teachers and parents to come up and take initiative for the safety of their children, we have already organised a workshop, especially for school principals,” said a senior official of RTO.