BY | July 26, 2011

Chandigarh:    Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, has laid down certain guidelines to be followed by  the enforcement and educational authorities with regard to safety of school buses carrying children.

 To comply with these directions the guidelines have been incorporated in permits issued to school buses by State Transport Authority, U.T., Chandigarh.  The Challaning Officers of State Transport Authority are enforcing these guidelines by carrying out checking of school buses from time to time.  State Transport Authority, U.T., Chandigarh has reiterated these guidelines and has issued instructions to all the Principals of Government & Private School,  Association of School Bus Operators and Association of the Private Schools. They have been advised to comply with the directions regarding school buses in letter and spirit keeping in view the safety of school going children.

The gist of the guidelines is summarized below:-

1.  School buses should be painted yellow.

2. School Bus must be written on the back and front of the bus.  IF it is hired bus, “on School Duty” should be clearly indicated. 3. Bus should have a First Aid Box.

4. Bus should be fitted with speed governor of specified  standard.

5. The windows of Bus should be fitted with horizontal grills.

6. There should be a fire extinguisher in the Bus.

7. School Name & Telephone No. must be written on the Bus.

8. The doors of the Bus should be fitted with reliable locks.

9. To keep the school bags safely, there should be a space  fitted under the seats.

10. There must be a qualified attendant in the Bus  to attend to Children.

11. Any parent or guardian sitting in the bus or a  teacher may also travel to ensure these safety norms.

12. The driver should have at least 5 years of experience of  driving heavy vehicles. 13. A driver who has been challaned more than twice in a year for offences like red light jumping, violation of lane discipline or allowing unauthorized person to driver cannot be employed.

14. A driver who has been challaned even once for the offence of over speeding, drunken driving and dangerous driving etc. cannot be employed.

 As per Section 2(47) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 an educational institution bus is a transport vehicle and therefore requires a permit to ply on the road.  Being a transport vehicle it would also need to undergo mandatory fitness test every year without which the permit cannot be renewed.

 They have been advised that the drivers of the school buses are required to maintain traffic discipline.  Any lapse on this account will invite stern action against the defaulters or violators of above instructions & will be challaned or prosecuted accordingly.

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  • SANGHARSH PAWAR

    ARE IT IS APPLICABLE TO ALL INDIA

  • ASHWANI KUMAR

    Unfortunately most of the school administratives are not even aware of these guidlines.

  • Ashok

    Why should be why not must be compulsory

  • http://www.sensaswitch.co.in Bhupi Doabi

    Why not these guidelines be printed on bus itself – for parents to check compliance themselves and report – WHERE to so called educational authorities who get entertained by so called school managements – Parent if we are not up – we are dirt

  • http://www.anvaschool.com ANURAG SHARMA

    traffic police chahe to supreme court ke saare rules laagu ho sakte hai, but police to paisa (ghoose) khaati hai

  • http://www.anvaschool.com ANURAG SHARMA

    small schools rules follow nahi karte hai, RTO purani buses ko permit deti hai

  • NIKUNJA KISHORE SA

    There are schools (e.g. Range School, DRDO, Chandipur) where buses are never in yellow. I doubt whether any of the officers or DRDO Scientists concerned know the rules of school bus.Amazingly, there are passenger buses(shuttle bus) which are converted to school bus for plying school students and staff.But these are seriously overcrowded – a 30 seated bus takes more than 75 persons. Top brass have hands in this business. Is there any punishment for such offence?

  • NIKUNJA KISHORE SA

    A DRDO (Min of Defence) aided school at Chandipur has school buses which are not exclusively school buses(used for other purposes). Rules of school bus are not followed here.
    Secondly, 30 seated school buses are seen here plying more than 75 persons. Does this offence come under the purview of school bus guidelines in India ?

  • D.S.K.VARMA

    In west godavry district,A.P 90%of school buses running with out norms and guidences of supreme court orders.

    90% of drivers in schools buss with out driving licence he drive the school buses.

  • http://google sai

    not only the school management,parents,govt also must take the responsibility taking care of children

  • sayyed tauseef

    respected sir,
    they should have lots of rules for buses but what about the private maruti vans?

  • Vikas Jain

    Thats very true,in most of the cases the School Administration does not take any care of the Buses and charged as they want, and in case any parent ask for / put up any complain about the poor buses being played on roads by teh buses, the school authorities speake all good about their management and say as they arer aware and are in process to rectify the same.

  • http://NIL Vikas Gupta

    Sir,
    In case school authorities refused to comply with these guidelines and are putting the matter on one excuse or the other, then what is the remedy. Please inform me. Also inform me whether any other guidelines are issued by Supreme Court of India except abovesaid. Secondly, all these guidelines are applicable in Punjab in Govt. as well as Private and Semi Govt. schools
    Thanks
    reply on my mail: vikasjgupta@sify.com

  • hifi

    its not gud for teachers. teacher first teaches whole day and den he or she shud go with bus by parking vhicle at school. den after the bus duty teacher shud cum back and take the vehicle. den teacher will reach home at 5.

  • Dr Aditi Chaturvedi

    Recently my 8year old child met with an accident while he got down from the school bus. The home attendent got late and my child rushed to reach out to her and banged with a truck. I want to know is it the duty of the conductor of the school bus at that time to help a child cross the road. The principal refuses to admit the fault of the conductor and says after a child gets down it is the duty of the attendent to take care. My question is should the conductor pay attention to that if no one has reached to receive the child he should help a child cross the road. Does the supreme court lay down some specific guidelines on this? Also what is the minimum number of students that should be allowed to go in a school bus.
    It is important to set these rules at my place-Srikot,a small town in Uttarakhand.

  • hifi

    I BELIEVE THE SCHOOLS MUST KEEP A QUALIFIED ATTENDANT ON THE BUS, HOWEVER THEY SHOULD NOT USE THE TEACHERS FOR THIS PURPOSE UNLESS SOME ONE WANTS TO DO IT, BECAUSE WE SEND OUR CHILDREN TO THE SCHOOL TO STUDY FROM THE QUALIFIED TEACHERS, AND IF THESE TEACHERS ARE EXHAUSTED BEFORE THEY EVEN REACH SCHOOL, IT IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO EFFECT OUR CHILDREN EDUCATION… WHICH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE IN ANY CASE I’M SURE ALL WILL AGREE… SCHOOLS ARE CHARGING HEAVILY FOR FEES AND ADMISSION FEE, WHY CANNOT THEY HIRE SEPARATE ATTENDANTS WHO ARE QUALIFIED. ALSO THESE BUSES SHOULD BE RANDOMLY CHECKED BY SOME SQUAD IT WAS NOTICED RECENTLY THAT SOME BUS DRIVERS ARE ALLOWING THEIR KNOWN PEOPLE WHO HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SCHOOL OR BUS SERVICE GOT ON THE BUS… THIS COULD BE A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR THE ATTENDANT WHO ARE TEACHERS AND ALSO CHILDREN FOR SOME SCHOOLS IN CHANDIGARH.

    IF THE SCHOOL IS CO-EDUCATION THEN THEY MUST HAVE ONE FEMALE ATTENDANT ALSO .

    AND THE ATTENDANT MUST BE CARE FULL OF ALL THE CHILDREN TILL THE CHILD IS HANDED OVER TO THE SPECIFIED AUTHORIZED PERSON FROM THE FAMILY..

  • suman kumar jha

    If teacher give the bus duty its really against the of Education.