Chandigarh: Concerned over rising cases of road accidents, Punjab government on Monday decided to equip every school bus with a "speed governor" which would check that the maximum speed limit does not exceeds 40 kmph.

Initiating an elaborate drive to ensure road safety norms, the government has formed a Joint Action Group in which departments of Transport, Education, Forest and Police would work cohesively, an official release said in Chandigarh on Monday.

In a meeting of Punjab State Road Safety Council under the chairmanship of Punjab Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, it was decided that every school bus must be equipped with a speed governor which would check that maximum speed limit does not go beyond 40 kmph.

It was also decided that school bus drivers must possess license of heavy vehicle with five years of experience and that the school bus be painted in yellow colour. The school buses must also bear the name and the contact number of the school in bold letters, the release said.

Directions to curb the practice of over loading in buses were also passed. It was also decided that the driver, who is challaned two times, would not be hired for driving school buses.

Medical checkup of the school bus drivers would also be done time to time.

(Agencies)

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