KSRTC demands ban on illegal bus ticket booking sites
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) approached the state government demanding a ban on the websites which help illegal private buses running in long distance routes to sell tickets.
Only the permitted stage carriages are allowed to sell tickets and to conduct services publicising their route. Selling and booking tickets of other types of bus services is illegal.
The Managing Director of KSRTC handed over a letter to the transport department and commissioner explaining the violations of rules by private buses with the help of websites.
The online facilities should not be misused to violate the existing laws. If it is found, the government can request the Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to ban the websites and mobile apps used for illegal activities.
It is the Motor Vehicle Department that should confirm if the private buses use online services to violate the permit conditions. KSRTC has noted in the letter that they can obtain evidence from the websites.
Some private buses sell tickets through their own websites while some others depend on online service providers like redBus and Abhibus. The government can demand the online service providers not to accept booking of illegal private buses. KSRTC has requested the government to take action in this regard.
The private buses that link major cities within the state cause huge loss to KSRTC. They also use social media to attract passengers. The buses have displayed their schedule and stops in each route.
The tickets are sold for daily services. The pick up and drop points for the passengers also have been fixed, it is pointed out in the letter of KSRTC.