No more driver-cum-conductors in KSRTC buses

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KSRTC bus | Photo: Arun Krishnankutty|Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: The system of two drivers with conductor licenses deployed in long-distance KSRTC bus services is coming to an end. Instead of theses driver-cum-conductors alternating duties between themselves, a rest of 7-hour will be allowed after 8-hour duty. Special arrangements will be made for this.

A meeting convened under transport minister AK Saseendran on Friday decided to establish the crew chain system in buses that conduct over 8-hour service, in phases.

The high-level meeting, convened in the wake of the recent bus accident in Kochi, reviewed the system in place. The Kerala High Court division bench had earlier ordered that the driver-cum-conductor system was unlawful. Also, the special ruling of KSRTC contains no mention of this system.

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