KAKKANAD: Regional Transport officer B J Antony has issued an order to permanently revoke the licence of a bus driver, Pexan, 36, of Cheranallur. He is the driver of the ‘Coral bus’ that was involved in the accident that took place on Foreshore Road on Saturday causing the death of two sisters from Thoppumpady.
Fathima Beevi, 60, died on the spot and Nafeesa, 60, succumbed to her injuries at a private hospital on Sunday. His licence was cancelled few days ago.
“The decision to revoke the licence of the driver was taken against the backdrop of rash and negligent driving in the city. He violated all the rules applicable to the city. As per this order, he will be permanently banned to take licence. Others should take it as a lesson,” said Regional Transport officer B J Antony.
Action against 157 Buses
In the wake of the recent High Court order asking to stop traffic violations in the city, the Motor Vehicles Department has taken action against 157 buses for flouting traffic rules.
The drive was carried out under the aegis of Regional Transport officer B J Antony and MVI Jerson P. As many as 50 officials focused on the buses plying in the city and the suburbs on Wednesday.
In the drive, eight buses were booked for overtaking, six for having no door shutter, seven for not reserving seats for handicapped and senior citizens, and two for defaulting on speed governors. Chargesheets were also issued for using music system, air horns etc.
The authorities also checked whether the bus employees were wearing uniforms and nameplates and whether the buses had doors, speed governors, seats reserved for women and senior citizens, and a separate cabin for drivers.
“The bus operators have been asked to report to the RTO with their check reports. Based on the hearing, the RTO will take necessary action against the offenders,” said Jerson.