Stricter norms have been imposed on interstate private buses in the wake of action against Kallada Travels where it's staff assaulted three passengers and more instances of misbehaving with passengers earlier coming to light.
Besides, the transport department is in talks with authorities in Karnataka to have more state-run services.
The transport department has come out with a circular stating that bus staff should to ensure basic amenities for passengers every 50 km. Also, booking offices of such agencies should not function within 500 metres from KSRTC or private bus stands and these buses should not be parked in that distance.
For becoming licensed agents for public transport, the circular states those applying for the licence should not have any criminal background and this would be cross-checked.
When tickets are booked, the agency will have to provide sufficient information which includes time of departure, details of staff on bus, helpline and emergency numbers. Also the circular mandates that bus staff should arrange alternative service in case there is breakdown or damage to the bus on the way.
The circular by transport secretary Jyothilal follows a high-level meeting convened by the Transport Minister recently.
It was also decided to start interstate bus services in cooperation with Karnataka Government. The transport secretaries of both states are expected to hold discussions soon on this front.
After the Kallada incident the motor vehicles department launched Operation Night Riders and began inspections. Over the last few days, more than 700 buses were seized for violating rules and 200 buses were booked.