July 4th 2023.
The Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Indore took action on Tuesday, launching a checking drive of school vans in the wake of a school van catching fire with 10 students in it. The RTO officials checked more than 70 vehicles and seized four vans and two buses for flouting safety guidelines.
A hefty fine of Rs 40,000 was imposed on these vehicles for violating various sections of the Motor Vehicles Act and the Madhya Pradesh Taxation Act. The officials checked for permits, fitness, insurance, PUC, tax proof, and general maintenance. They also checked the speed governors of the vehicles and took feedback from the children and parents regarding the speed of the vehicle and the behaviour of the driver and conductor.
Furthermore, the RTO officials checked fire safety measures that included fire extinguishers and their expiry dates. They also checked to see whether the van driver or bus driver was making school children sit on the CNG tank.
The RTO's initiative has been welcomed by truckers who have requested the Chief Minister's time to complain against corruption in the RTOs. They claimed that some RTOs have been harassing them, especially in the areas of permits, PUC, tax and insurance.
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