RTO workshop for principals, bus operators today

Following the case of molestation of a nursery student inside a school bus and several mishaps involving school buses, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) at Andheri will on Thursday hold a workshop for school principals and school bus operators.

At the two-hour session on the premises of the RTO office in Andheri, the existing school bus policy will be discussed at length to throw more light on it and dispel any doubts.

"Most schools are not even aware that they have to set up a school bus committee. Few schools have it and whenever there is any mishap related to school buses, there is confusion over the policy," said a senior RTO official, who did not wish to be named.

RTO authorities have also moved to take action against the Jamnabai Narsee School bus operator at Vile Parle after the state government asked the transport commissioner's office to submit a detailed report on action taken against the operator. During its inquiry, the RTO found that the 16-seater vehicle had a contract carriage permit and not a school bus permit. "We have revoked the bus driver's licence and suspended the operator's contract carriage permit for three months," the official said.

Transport Commissioner V N More said, "We have been appealing school principals to put all bus operators under an agreement/contract. The school committees have not been keeping a tab on daily operations of buses and implementation of guidelines. It is the responsibility of schools to check if bus operators/contractors have proper permits to transport students."

Tardeo and Wadala RTOs will organise similar workshops on January 28 and January 29.

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