In an important move, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools to install Global Positioning System (GPS) compulsorily their school buses. The GPS will help tracking the location of the bus, which will subsequently strengthen the security system as well as ensure the safety for children.
But, the GPS will be installed only when it receives approval by Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), says the latest guideline issued by the CBSE.
This decision has been taken in the wake of previous year record of 34 school bus accidents, as registered with the traffic police, in which around 21 were injured and 1 was found dead. To prevent school goings get exposed to such mishaps, the CBSE has asked all the affiliated schools to submit an annual safety transport system report approved by the traffic police.
By the good worth of GPS, the exact location of the buses will easily be tracked, which, in turn, will put the bus journey under the analysis of school administration.
In the past, CBSE had made a mandatory installation of speed governor, a device to measure or regulation the speed of a machine, such as engines, in the school buses. But, disappointedly, only a few schools have embarked on the installation process.
As informed by the additional SP (traffic), Anjana Tiwari, so far no school has approached them to get a report approval.