Strict conditions for interstate buses; Parking not allowed within 500 m from bus stands
Thiruvananthapuram: The transport department has issued a circular containing strict conditions to prevent the interstate private bus services from violating rules. The bus staff need to ensure basic amenities for the passengers every 50 km. The booking offices should not function or buses should not be parked within a distance of 500 metres from KSRTC or private bus stands.
The bus owners have to follow many strict conditions to get the LAPT (Licensed Agent for Public Transport) licence. The circular directs that those who apply for the LAPT licence should not have any criminal background.
The decisions in this regard were taken in a high level meeting convened by the transport minister. Also it has been decided to start interstate bus services cooperating with Karnataka government. The transport secretaries of both states will hold discussions in this regard.
While booking the tickets, the information including the departure time of the bus, details of employees, helpline numbers and emergency contact numbers should be provided. Also, the circular issued by transport secretary Jyothilal directs that the bus staff need to arrange alternate service in case the bus is damaged on the way.
The transport department started strict inspections in the name ‘Operation Night Riders’ after the the incident of some passengers being manhandled by the bus staff in Kallada Travels bus came to limelight. Within the past three days, 706 buses were seized for violating rules and cases were charged against 200 buses.