Speak up Mumbai: Is Maharashtra government driving past school transport safety?

On October 3, the Bombay High Court questioned the rationale of the state government behind permitting vehicles having a seating capacity of less than 13 to ply as a school bus, defying the central government’s notification from last year that had defined “school buses” as vehicles that have a seating capacity of 13 passengers and more, excluding the driver. Earlier in August, the HC had summoned the additional commissioner of the Maharashtra transport department for issuing a resolution that nullified the order regulating school buses. The transport department had issued a circular on May 19 that allowed vehicles without 13 seats to ply as school buses.