Booking of tourist buses for educational institutions to be regulated: Min on Vadakkencherry mishap

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Thiruvananthapuram: Transport minister Antony Raju said the educational institutions will be asked to get in touch with the Road Transport Office before confirming the bus for its excursions.

He was reacting to the tragic accident of a tourist bus bound for Ooty that hit a KSRTC and overturned on NH544 near Vadakkencherry killing nine people, including five students.

As of now, there is no system in place to check the background of the drives of tourist buses. Schools also don't check it. If the institutions can pass the information about the trips, the RTOs can do a background check to avoid such mishaps in future, said the minister.

A decision on channelising the process will be taken in the following days, he added.

Minister said that the carelessness of the driver caused the accident. The probe by RTO has also confirmed this. It is learnt from the preliminary investigation that the bus was travelling at speed of 97.7 kmph. The legal limit for such buses is 65 kmph. Antony Raju has asked the transport commissioner to file a report on the matter. Besides, they are mandated to install a speed governor on the bus.

Earlier, it was reported that the bus, owned by Luminous Travels, had just finished a Velankanni trip before commencing the school trip and the staffers did not get sufficient rest. The bus rear-ended on a KSRTC bus on Wednesday leaving nine dead and several others injured.

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