Govt faces legal issues over renewing registration of old KSRTC buses

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Government's move to renew the registration and fitness permit of KSRTC buses older than 15 years is facing legal hurdles. As per the Motor Vehicle Act, registration of government vehicles older than 15 years is not permitted.

Despite this, the state government decided to renew the registration of 237 KSRTC buses till September 30, 2024. The transport commissioner also directed officials not to levy service charges, fees, and taxes when renewing the necessary papers.

Due to issues faced in granting fitness permits through Parivahan Software, the government resorted to manually issuing the certificates.

At the same, these buses will not be eligible for insurance in case of an accident, opening the door for legal issues in the future.

The government had also decided to increase the service period of the Super Class Buses. Presently, the superclass buses are permitted to conduct services for a period of nine years. The service period was previously increased from five years.

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