West Bengal government's advisory to schools on location tracking devices, panic buttons in buses

The advisory said, "All school buses should be painted in mustard yellow colour with a navy blue band and the name of the school shall be inscribed on the band in white"
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The Government of West Bengal issued an advisory to schools about installing vehicle location tracking devices, panic buttons and speed-limiting devices in school buses and pool cars transporting children. The maximum permissible speed for school buses and pool cars is 40 kmph, the state transport department informed all educational institutes.

According to PTI, the advisories were issued by Transport Secretary Saumitra Mohan to reinforce the safety and security of school-going children. The advisory said, "All school buses should be painted in mustard yellow colour with a navy blue band and the name of the school shall be inscribed on the band in white."

The words 'SCHOOL BUS' should be written on the front, rear and sides of the bus, it further added. Additionally, the advisory which was issued recently said school buses should not be fitted with curtains or glasses having films and sufficient white-lighting inside the buses to ensure that activities inside the buses are visible from outside.

Suitable school bag racks protected with a grill should be provided in the bus, a fire extinguisher and first-aid box should be made available inside and every seat shall be provided with a seatbelt, the advisory added. Further, it stressed that the contact details of the school authority including the cell numbers with the designation of the competent person, the number of the control room of the local police station and the ChildLine Helpline shall be displayed inside and outside the bus prominently in a conspicuous place.

No soft top vehicle shall be allowed to be used as a pool car, it said, adding that fixation of additional seats, other than the approved capacity on a pool car, shall not be allowed.

The advisory was framed in consultation with different stakeholders such as the transport department, school education department, police, school authorities, bus operators and pool car operators, civil society organisations, guardians and students, PTI reported.

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