MVD ignores 2011 order directing bus conductors to wear name tags

PB Shafeeq

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In 2011, the Kerala state transport commissioner issued an order making it mandatory for bus conductors to display the name tag on their uniforms. However, the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) in the state overlooked this ruling and stopped penalising those who failed to follow the order.

The order was issued upon a complaint filed by a group of girls and women alleging misconduct from conductors. Using the name tag, the passengers could report the conductor's name during emergencies.

However, the order was overlooked and never followed through. Since conductors often change in private buses, it is hard to identify the person when filing a complaint before the police. As per the order, the name tag should include the person's name and badge number, written in Malayalam or English.

Further, the MVDs' negligence developed a feeling that the order was not that important. As a result, the order was bypassed and ignored in time. As per the order, the conductor can be charged with a fine of Rs 1,000 for not wearing the name tag. If caught for the same offence again, MVD can take serious actions, including suspension of the conductor's licence.

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