Kerala tourist buses opt for Karnataka registration to evade uniform colour code 

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Thiruvananthapuram: In a move to circumvent the stringent regulations including uniform colour code in Kerala, a section of contract carriage (commonly known as tourist buses) owners are planning to cross borders and register their vehicles in Karnataka.

The use of high intensity lights and sound systems in contract carriages are strictly regulated in the state. Whereas, similar restrictions do not exist in Karnataka. If the buses that acquire Karnataka registration pay tax in Kerala, then they can run services here too. A few such buses have already begun running services in Kerala.

Earlier, certain bus operators had declared on social media that they will not follow the rules in Kerala at any cost even if they are forced to stop running services. The state government had taken a stern decision over the rules after the Vadakkencherry accident, which claimed nine lives, in October 2022.

Since then, strict guidelines were imposed over the colour code of buses, light and sound system among others. However, the uniform colour code is not mandatory for buses registered in other states.

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