Thiruvananthapuram: The motor vehicles department is taking stringent action against buses violating permit norms.
The department imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on 46 buses including three buses that belonged to Kallada Travels. The department held inspections at private booking and travel agencies in Thiruvananthapuram and issued notice to six of them including the booking office of Kallada Travels. The action was part of an operation titled night ride.
The inspection and vehicle checks were carried out days after the legal action against Kallada Travels after three passengers were thrashed by their crew.
The action against 46 buses for violating permit norms were taken during checks held at various check posts in the previous days. The buses were fined for charging higher fares and transporting parcels and goods items. The department warned the travel agencies that similar violations in future will lead to cancellation of permits.
The officials also carried out inspections at private travel agencies in Thiruvananthapuram. Most of them were found to be operating without a valid license. Incidentally, the Thiruvananthapuram booking office of Kallada Travels was also inspected and it did not have a license.
The motor vehicles department has issued a notice to six booking offices including that of Kalalda Travels to complete all legal proceedings and obtain a valid license within one week. The notice also warns of stringent action including closure of offices if the agencies fail to obtain license within the stipulated period.
Meanwhile Arjun, the passenger who was thrashed by Kallada Travels crew said he was receiving threats. Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, Arjun said that seven persons who are now under police custody are not the only accused in the case. “I booked the ticket using my friends phone number. We are still receiving threat calls over phone,” he said.