First batch of Volvo’s sleeper buses arrive, negligent driving to cost dearly

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Thiruvananthapuram: The first batch of Volvo sleeper buses brought by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) arrived at Anayara here. It is the first time the Corporation has bought Volvo’s sleeper buses and the purchase happened under KSRTC-SWIFT, an independent company constituted to operate long-distance buses in the state.

KSRTC-SWIFT mandates stringent norms for drivers. The drivers appointed on contract basis will receive strict direction to maintain the buses with utmost caution. They will have to be flexible enough to switch roles of conductor and driver. They are supposed to help passengers with blanket and water. They should also assist the passengers in lifting luggage. It is learnt that the list of drivers will be published within two days.

As per the KSRTC-SWIFT’s contract clauses, those drivers causing accidents from negligence will be dismissed. The objective of the KSRTC-SWIFT is to curtail damages to buses. It is important to note that among the 18 Scania buses bought by KSRTC, some were wrecked by collisions.

Meanwhile, the new sleeper buses arrived at KSRTC-SWIFT headquarters. Within two months, 20 semi-sleeper buses and 72 non-ac buses with air suspension from Ashok Leyland will arrive. In the near future, 116 buses will be operating under KSRTC-SWIFT.

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