Madurai: Schools unlikely to operate idling buses due to lack of maintenance1st September 2021
MADURAI: Vans and buses belonging to the private schools here are unlikely to operate due to chances of the vehicles developing technical snag, as they have been lying idle for a long time. These vehicles operated by institutions have been stopped for more than 17 months since closure of schools was announced in the third week of March last year during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The transport department inspects the vehicles along with the police, revenue and education department officials on 32 different safety parameters ahead of the reopening of schools every year. These vehicles have not been inspected in May 2020 and May 2021 due to closure of schools.
Senthilnathan M, president of the private schools correspondents’ confederation said that most schools are not prepared to run school buses as of now. “There is no problem preparing old vehicles that already have fitness certificate, but for new vehicles it will be difficult.
Further, even without any maintenance, just insurance cost us around Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh without covering vehicle damage,” he said.