The Central Board of Secondary Education has issued fresh guidelines to its affiliated schools, making it mandatory for school buses to be equipped with speed governors, GPS and CCTV. The board has also made it clear that failing to comply with these guidelines can result in disaffiliation of the school from the board.
In the official announcement made, CBSE has quoted recent media reports which had pointed towards certain schools that were ignorant about the safety of students during transit. As a result, the board has now issued comprehensive guidelines in order to ensure safety of students during their commute to and from the schools.
CBSE has divided the complete guidelines into seven major categories, including the exterior & interior of bus, permits, arrangement by school authorities, manpower, etc. Under these guidelines, it has been made mandatory for school buses to be painted yellow and have the school’s name written on both sides. For buses that are owned by the institute, it is compulsory to have ‘School Bus’ written on the front and rear, while for hired buses, ‘on school duty’ must be written. Other details like driver’s name, address, licence number, badge number and the school/owner’s contact number must also be mentioned in a contrasting shade, both on the outside and inside of the bus.
Additionally, the buses will need to be fitted with reliable locks on the doors and horizontal grills and mesh wire on the windows. It must also be equipped with GPS, CCTV and a speed governor with the top speed limited to 40 km/h.
Source: Times of India