As a part of making inter-state private buses safer,the Kerala government makes mandatory regulations in the inter-state private buses.
The Kerala government has announced that GPS devices and speed governors (a device to control the speed of a vehicle) will be made mandatory in all the private buses that ply on inter-state routes.
“From June 1 onwards, GPS has been made mandatory in all inter-state buses that conduct services in Kerala,” Minister for Transport AK Saseendran stated in a press meet in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday.
The minister has also said that the government has received complaints of buses overcharging customers.
“The government will ask Justice Ramachandran Commission to study and submit a report on the fares of contract carriages and the transportation of goods in the buses will be strictly prevented. For this, the assistance of the police and the Income Tax Department will be sought,” he added.
“The functioning of these agencies is being scrutinized and it has been found that 46 among them are functioning without a license. Action will be taken to close down the agencies if they don’t submit required documents in a week. Criteria will be laid down for issuing license to these companies,” he said.
The minister has also said that directions have been issued not to cancel the inter-state services of Kerala RTC for frivolous reasons.
The Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) on Wednesday had launched’Operation Night Riders’ to monitor the services of private bus operators to make them transparent.