CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has asked the State Motor Vehicles Department to amend the 2012 Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles (Regulation and Control of School Buses) Special Rules in an effort to install cameras and sensors in school buses.
The state home department has directed the motor vehicles department to confirm that school buses are equipped with cameras and sensors. In order for the driver to see the complete rear when moving in reverse, the government has asked that cameras be installed in buses as well. The sensors in the back should also be fixed so that they can send out a warning signal.
The state’s Commissionerate of Transportation and Road Safety reports that there are 34,463 buses serving educational institutions throughout the state. If the Motor Vehicles Department alters the legislation, all of these school buses will have to have cameras and sensors fitted.
Notably, the Madras High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of an occurrence that occurred in Selaiyur and resulted in the death of a Class II boy who fell through a hole in the school bus and was run over by the vehicle.
A second horrific incident happened on March 28, 2022, when an eight-year-old boy was killed after being hit by a school bus while on the school’s property. The collision happened as the driver reversed the car.