Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government is mulling a proposal to cap the life of all school buses in Uttar Pradesh at 15 years.
This is being done to provide a level playing field to transporters, other than school management, who operate these buses.
The present rules cap life of buses, owned and operated by schools (educational institutions), at 15 years and those that are owned by individuals/private operators and used to transport school children on a contract permit, at 10 years.
According to a senior transport official: “The idea behind keeping lower age limit for school buses owned by those other than school managements was that such buses become unfit sooner because they ply more than school-owned buses that operate only for the limited purpose of ferrying children.”
The state government, according to official sources, is all set to make an amendment in this regard, besides making some other amendments to the School Bus Rules, 2019 very soon for greater safety of school children who travel by buses.IANS