Two CCTV cameras mandatory on all stage carriage buses in Kerala by February end

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Kochi: Kerala Minister for Transport, Antony Raju, has ordered the installation of cameras on stage carriage buses operating in the state. At least two closed circuit cameras must be installed on buses before February 28 to keep a check on reckless driving and violation of traffic rules.

The minister assured the owners that the Kerala State Road Safety Authority would bear half the cost of the cameras. One camera has to function as a dash cam, but must also capture the front side of the bus, while the second camera has to record the visuals of passengers.

The cameras will be installed on KSRTC buses soon, said the minister.

For complaints regarding traffic violations by buses in Kochi, contact the authorities via WhatsApp at 6238100100. The contact number of MVD officials, who are in charge of public grievances, will also be displayed on the buses.

As many as 826 cameras installed under the Safe Kerala project at various major traffic locations in the state will start operating soon. The charge to surveil private buses will be entrusted to selected officials in the MVD.

Buses will also be monitored by a vehicle location tracking device. The minister urged bus owners, who operate services on the same route to form a cluster and convene meetings to decide over the bus timings and income sharing to avoid unhealthy competition between buses.

Every six months, a free training session and counselling will be provided to bus drivers and conductors in the state, said Antony Raju.

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