Thanjavur: The Thanjavur district collector A. Annadurai and transport, fire and rescue services and education departments officials checked the fitness of school vehicles for commuting children this academic year with a view to prevent accidents here on Tuesday.
A total of 252 vehicles from around 49 schools in the Thanjavur district were checked thouroughly and out of them, around 15 were found to have some deficiencies in fulfilling the safety and other requirements.
Notices reportedly were issued to those vehicles asking them to rectify the deficiencies in one month time.
Officials checked the presence of emergency exits, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, speed limit, licences of drivers etc.
M. Elanchezhiyan, the district fire officer, explained about fire accidents and advised drivers on how they should handle the situation and who they should inform. Drivers were also told about how to call 108 ambulances in case of emergencies.
Regional transport Office, Thanjavur, put up flex banners to create awareness about wearing seat belts, dangers due to overloading, number of accidents occurred in the district and precautions to be taken for preventing road accidents.
G. Maheswaran, Superintendent of police, Thanjavur district, ,Shantha, chief education officer, Thanjavur district, S. Udhayakumar, deputy transport commissioner, N. Karthikeyan, regional transport officer took part in checking the school vehicles....