Speed governor, GPS to be made mandatory for inter-state buses, says Transport minister
Thiruvananthapuram: Following the attack against passengers in Kallada bus, the government is mooting for strict action against inter-state private buses in the state. Transport Minister AK Saseendran declared that strict action will be taken against the private bus services which are not providing proper facilities and ensuring safety of the passengers. He was addressing a press meet here on Thursday.
“Motor Vehicle Department found that most of the private bus services are operating without abiding by the norms. Stern action will be taken against such buses under Motor Vehicles Act,” said minister.
He declared that action will be taken against the buses which are not equipped with speed governors.
GPS will be made mandatory for all buses from June 1, he added.
Motor Vehicle Department will take stern action against private buses which charge high fares from passengers. At present, the department has not fixed the fare for contract carriages. A committee will be appointed to study on the criteria to fix the rate on contract carriages and a final decision will be taken as per the report of this committee.
The minister pointed out that operation of ticket booking agencies will come under scanner and action will be taken against the agencies which function without licence.
New procedures will be made for issuing licence to these agencies and it will be strictly followed.
Transport minister also informed that Police and tax department will carry out inspections to find contract carriage buses that illegally function as goods carriage.