Pune RTO Crack Down on Unfit School Bus at Navle Bridge

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Tikam Shekhawat

Pune, 17 April 2024: Navle Bridge has once again made headlines, but this time it’s not for an accident but for proactive measures taken by authorities to prevent such incidents in the future. A school bus operating in the Narhe vicinity, transporting students to a reputed school in Pune, was found to be lacking a fitness certificate. The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) Flying Squad Team, led by RTO Inspector Rahima Mulla, conducted a surprise check on April 15, 2024, in the Navle Bridge area, where they discovered the offending school bus.

During the inspection, it was revealed that this particular school bus had been operating without a fitness certificate for the past nine years. Inspector Rahima Mulla and her team promptly took action against the van under relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act. The violations included driving the school bus without a permit, lacking a fitness certificate, carrying school bus children without the necessary permit, and operating without PSV authorization, among others.

Recently, Punekar News reported exclusively on the RTO’s initiative and their action against this particular school bus. A total fine of Rs. 39,500 was imposed on the bus owner for various infractions. The action was spearheaded by the assertive RTO officer Rahima Mulla, renowned for her proactive approach in RTO circles. Furthermore, Inspector Rahima Mulla has detained the school bus with registration number MH10K9372, which will only be released to the owner after a successful fitness test. While speaking to Puenkar News, Pune RTO Sanjeev Bhor Said “the team is taking action on all such school vans which are plying without fitness certificate. Afterall, it is about safety of school going children.”


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This case sends a clear message to school bus owners in Pune and parents alike that the casual approach towards bus fitness will not be tolerated by RTO authorities. It also highlights the significant risks associated with children traveling on such buses for their daily commute to school.