In view of the attack on Bangalore-bound passengers in a Kallada bus, Kerala government has decided the Global Positioning System (GPS) and speed governors to be made mandatory for the tourist omnibuses registered in other States operating to and from Kerala.
The new decision which is going to affect the 450-odd omnibuses will be implemented from June. The decision was made in a meeting called by Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran.
Motor vehicles department will continue their Operation Night Riders to keep tabs on all-India tourist omnibus (AITOB) operators. The MVD detected 259 cases in a single day and ₹3.74 lakh was levied as compounding fee from erring operators.
The M. Ramachandran committee, set up by the government for fare revision of stage carriers, autos and taxis, has been tasked by the government to look into the fares being collected in the buses and suggest maximum and minimum fares.
Transport Commissioner Sudesh Kumar, Joint Transport Commissioner and STA Secretary Rajeev Puthalth, Joint Transport Commissioner, Enforcement, V. Suresh Kumar, KSRTC managing director M.P. Dinesh, and officials participated in the meeting.