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TN government  to amend motor vehicle rules to install  cameras, sensors in school buses

- June 30, 2022

Chennai, June 30 (BPNS)

Tamil Nadu government has proposed to the State Motor vehicles department to amend the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles (Regulation and Control of School Buses) Special rules 2012 to install cameras and sensors in school buses. The state home department has in a recent notification directed the Motor vehicles department to ensure that school buses are equipped with cameras and sensors.

The home department in the directive to the Motor vehicles department on the proposed amendment wants the camera in the bus to be fixed so that the driver while taking reverse can have a complete view of the rear side.

The notification also wanted sensor also be fixed at the rear end to give a warning signal.

According to the Commissionerate of  Transport and Road Safety, Government of Tamil Nadu, there are 34,463 educational institutional buses that are plying in the state. If the Motor vehicles department amends the rules, then all these educational institution buses will have to install cameras and sensors.

It may be noted that  the Madras High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of an incident in Selaiyur in which a Class II student had a fatal end after the child fell through a hole in the school bus and was run over by the bus. The court had directed the state government to undertake an exercise to ensure the safety of schoolchildren.

In another tragic incident that took place on March 28, 2022, an eight-year-old boy died after he was run over by a school bus inside the school campus where he studied. The accident happened when the driver was reversing the vehicle.

The second standard student, Theeksheth was dropped by the school bus inside the campus at 8.30 am on March 28th.  While walking to the classroom, the boy remembered that he had forgotten his school bag and walked back to the vehicle. The driver, Poongavanam, did not notice the boy coming back to take the bag and was reversing the vehicle and fatally knocked down the boy. The bus did not have an assistant nor did it have a sensor or a camera that would have alerted the driver of the presence of the boy.

These incidents have led the state government to take steps for installing cameras and sensors in the educational institution buses.