Buses from educational institutions can travel faster
The National Transport Authority has raised the upper speed limit for educational institution buses (EIB) from 40 to 50 km / h.
The STA, chaired by the State Commissioner for Transport and Road Safety, R. Sreelekha, accepted a request from the Kerala CBSE School Management Association and the Kerala Recognized School Management Association to increase the speed limit by 40 km / h for EIB fixed in 2010.
The Department of Motor Vehicles had made speed governors mandatory for all transport vehicles, except three-wheelers, carrying schoolchildren from January 30, 2012.
However, the three-member STA rejected a request from the associations to relax the age and experience standards for those driving BEIs.
A minimum of 10 years experience is required for a driver of an BEI.
According to the rules, the driver must have a clean record and must not have been punished for reckless and negligent driving or driving while intoxicated.
The associations claimed that it was practically impossible to drive and put the vehicle on top gear at a speed of 40 km / h.
The STA’s decision comes months after the Transportation Department revised the upper speed limit for all classes of vehicles in the state taking into account “drastic changes” in road conditions.
According to the government’s opinion, all categories of motor vehicles should travel at 30 km / h on the roads in front of educational establishments.
The MVD had insisted on the minimum experience of the driver in BEI following fatal accidents. MVD officials said they were monitoring BEIs and private vehicles to ensure there was no overcrowding and permit conditions were met.
PD Sukumaran, former MVD official and road safety expert, said The hindu that the STA did not have the power to increase the speed limit because it had not been authorized by the government in accordance with Article 112 of the MV Law.
“The STA only has the power to decide the travel time of the stage bearers,” he added.