MVD to suspend license of 90 KSRTC drivers who took part in lightning strike
Thiruvananthapuram: The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) ordered to suspend the license of 90 KSRTC bus drivers who participated in a lightning strike on the arrest of a KSRTC depot chief. The bus drivers had stopped the buses midway as part of the strike. The drivers have been suspended for abandoning buses on road and causing traffic blocks. As per the Central Motor Vehicle Act, the license of the drivers can be suspended if they abandon their vehicles on road as part of a protest.
The incident happened on March 4. The traffic in East Fort and Thampanoor came to a halt for nearly 4 hours as the buses were stopped on the road as part of the protest. A passenger, who was trapped in the East Fort bus stand, collapsed and died. The decision taken by MVD was based on the report filed by police. Action will be taken after seeking an explanation from the drivers.
The department-level investigation launched by KSRTC has not yielded any results. Human Rights Commission had criticised the top-level officers for not preventing the strike. The Commission chief, Justice Antony Dominic, even asked the transport secretary to file a report regarding lapses in preventing the strike. The commission also stated that strict action should be taken against the culprits and the relatives of deceased Surendran, who collapsed and died, can move legally if they have any complaints.