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Mannancherry (Alappuzha): In an interim relief for tourist bus owners in Kerala, the Transport Department has ordered that buses which have been tested after June 1, should be painted white ahead of the next test. However, it will be mandatory for other buses with nearing test dates to adhere to the new colour code, said Transport Commissioner S Sreejith.
The move comes in the wake of complaints lodged by bus owners pointing out the financial difficulty in implementing the code within a short notice.
Meanwhile, the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has issued 31 new directions for inspection of tourist buses. The permit of any bus that violates guidelines will be revoked.
Reportedly, action will be taken if the bus exceeds speed limit, uses air horns or high volume music system and having faulty speed governors, among others.
Earlier, fines for violations were collected as per the decision of MVD officials. As per the new directions, officials should prepare a list of violations and submit it at the respective offices. In case of violations, the fitness certificate of the vehicle can be cancelled too.