In order to simplify the mode of transport and keeping in mind the security of students, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has directed the transports authorities and school buses to notify the parking and halting spots of vehicles before next academic sessions.
According to section 117 Motor Vehicles Act rules, the Regional transport Authority in consultation with the school authorities, Traffic police and Municipal corporation is required to specify the parking and halting spots at appropriate locations exclusively for the school buses having regard to the school timings and safety of the children.
A division bench consisting of Justice Ravi Deshpande and Justice Shriram Modakwhile hearing a suo-moto PIL about the safety of school transportation underlined the need to conduct annual inspection of school buses during vacation.
The HC has directed all the schools to file affidavit informing about the safety measures implemented by them for their students and had barred schools from using school buses for their children if such measures are not taken.
The transport Commissioner assured the HC that due care would be taken this time while conducting annual inspection and lapses noticed during previous occasion would not occur.
Nagpur RTO had already identified such places in the city and filed a compliance report last year. The HC while directing its strict implementation also asked NMC follow the example and notify within their respective territorial jurisdiction.
The court has now sought compliance report by June 10.