Monday, November 19, 2012

India - Tamilnadu - Painting is viewed as colouring mean only to segregate school buses from other categories, not for corrosion control of steel body

Rust (Corrosion) can be costly for a bus body. Each bus fleet faces specific conditions that can accelerate corrosion - salty air in the coastal side. There is no awareness for corrosion to fetch after-market services and maintenance that extend the life of a school bus. Corrosion of steel structures will vary from place to place.

TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT GAZETTE Notification No 243 dated 31 Aug 2012 for TAMIL NADU MOTOR VEHICLES (REGULATION AND CONTROL OF SCHOOL BUSES) - SPECIAL RULES 2012 - [G.O. (Ms) No. 643, Home (Tr.VII) Department , 31st August 2012.] - Clause 6. Construction and Maintenance of the School Buses.— (2) Painting: Every School Bus shall be fully painted as specified in rule 349A of Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989.

Painting is viewed as colouring mean to segregate school buses from other categories. There is no mention on corrosion of steel body and selection of proper paint system to safeguard and extend the life of school buses. The Special Cell that conduct the testing and inspection of school buses according to the Chapter VII of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 shall be properly trained in assessing corrosion defects of various steel components of the entire bus body.

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