Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

MUM­BAI: Your child’s jour­ney to school will be safer from the com­ing aca­demic year, as the re­gional trans­port au­thor­i­ties plan to con­duct checks on all school buses and vans by the end of the month.

The city has more than 3,000 reg­is­tered school buses, apart from school vans.

Act­ing on the di­rec­tives is­sued by the high court, the city re­gional trans­port of­fices ( RTOs) have asked all own­ers to bring school buses for in­spec­tion.

While the fo­cus will be on the mechanical fit­ness of the ve­hi­cles, the au­thor­i­ties will look at com­pli­ance with the con­di­tions laid down in the state’s school bus pol­icy, said an of­fi­cial from the Wadala re­gional trans­port of­fice, on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“While hear­ing a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion ( PIL), the Nag­pur high court had or­dered mechanical checks of all school buses be­fore the end of the sum­mer va­ca­tion. So we have taken up the drive ,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Tardeo RTO, on con­di­ton of anonymity.

Ac­cord­ing to RTO of­fi­cials, those fail­ing to pro­duce their ve­hi­cles for in­spec­tion will not be given per­mis­sion to use them for school trans­port.

The mechanical con­di­tion, colour code, speed gov­er­nors, seats, height, emer­gency exit among oth­ers will be taken into ac­count dur­ing the in­spec­tion.

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