Kochi, Jun 9 : Kerala High Court on Tuesday ruled that private buses can levy extra charges from the passengers until COVID protocol is in place. Justice Jayasankaran Nambiar pronounced the verdict and stayed the government's order reducing bus charges for two weeks. The ruling was based on the petition filed by private bus owners.
The Court said this increased fare could be continued till the lockdown was completely lifted. It also instructed that social distancing should be practised in buses. The Court demanded that the new report on increased bus fares should be submitted within four weeks by the Ramachandran Committee.
Kerala Private Bus Operators Forum had approached the High Court citing that they were facing a huge financial crisis in the current context. The court has not banned the government order, instead it has issued a temporary stay. Meanwhile, Minister for Transport A K Sasindran responded that he would speak on the matter only after accessing the court order. (UNI)