‘Heart Melting Story’; Bengaluru man buys ‘School Bus’ registration plate for his New Tesla

A former Bengaluru resident in the United States paid tribute to his childhood bus driver and bus in Bengaluru by using that bus’s registration number for his Tesla car in the United States.

A wonderful tribute

Nostalgia is a strong emotion that we all experience. Some find it pleasing, while others find it heartbreaking. Here’s an example for those in the first type that will melt your heart. A Bengaluru NRI chose the BMTC (Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation) bus number for his Tesla in the USA. The number he went for is KA1F232, which was the registration number given to his childhood bus KA – 01 F – 232. His Tesla is red too, matching the bus’ paint scheme in 1992.


Dhanapal Manchenahalli, a Bengaluru NRI, also expressed gratitude to retired BMTC driver Chengappa, who drove the bus between Bengaluru’s Vidyaranyapura and Yashwantpura.

Dhanapal said that he traveled to school in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 on a BMTC bus with the registration number KA01F232.

“Not just me, but many students had traveled in the F232 bus back then, and I still have a lot of memories associated with it,” he said in a video. Chengappa, the driver, is now retired, so I got the same number for my Tesla as a tribute to him. People like you who have worked tirelessly for decades inspire us, and we will pass on your stories to future generations,” he said.


Dhanpal also stated that his love for BMTC buses influenced his decision, which is widely praised by many Bengalureans.

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