The Madras High Court Friday granted time till August 22, to the Tamil Nadu government to frame fresh guidelines on the safety and maintenance of school vehicles following the death of second standard student Shruti on July 25 and submit the draft to the court.
The first bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, which took suo motu notice of the death of Shruthi on July 25, gave more time to the state government, but added that the latter should be ready with the draft rules without asking for any more adjournments.
As the court expects rules governing 'vehicles' and not buses or vans, the rules will cover all types of vehicles that are used to carry school children, and is not confined only to school-owned vehicles, as is being sought to be made out by private van/bus operators.
When the case was taken up, State Advocate General A Navaneethakrishnan sought time to frame the guidelines.
Accepting it, the Bench directed the government to frame the guidelines and file a report by August 22 and said no more time extension would be given.
The Bench later posted the case for hearing to that day.