The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) and Ernakulam district police jointly booked 175 cases against private buses for violation of traffic rules on Wednesday.
At the meeting called on the request of MLA K N Unnikrishnan, the minister accepted the report and directed officials to take further action immediately.
While accepting the intention behind the order is to ensure road safety, the drivers say it is impossible to follow the directive on city roads.
Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation (KSPBOF), the umbrella organization of bus operators in the state, has been striking with a demand for a fare hike, since March 24.
Earlier, the bus operators’ association alleged the adamant attitude of the minister was the reason why the strike had been continuing.
The indefinite strike launched by private buses in state affected normal life in the district on Thursday. Nearly 900 private buses kept off the road putting commuters to severe hardships.
Though the strike didn’t affect passengers inside the city limits, those coming from rural areas struggled.
In Thiruvananthapuram city, private buses operated services as per the schedule. They decided to stay away from the strike as the KSRTC has a near monopoly in bus permits in the city.
Transport officials have booked and imposed penalty worth Rs 12 lakh on 38 private buses for transporting commercial goods without permission.
Reacting to his statement, the student organisation of the ruling CPM itself revolted. The Congress’ KSU also said the minister was challenging the students.
According to the Kerala State Private Bus Operators’ Federation (KPBOF), around 12,500 private buses are operating in the state.
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The committee, which coordinates 12 unions of bus operators held an online meeting on Saturday morning and decided to withdraw the strike considering the steps taken by the government to hike the bus
This means that the RTC would be paying others instead of enhancing its infrastructure.
However, the minister is not in favour of a steep hike, even after the Justice M Ramachandran Commission recommended that the minimum concession fare should be Rs 5
Rash driving by private bus drivers is causing several accidents, including the death of three persons in last two days
Though they were rushed to a hospital nearby, their lives could not be saved.
“The fare will be increased, but we will decide later about when it should happen. The hike will be implemented without putting additional burden on passengers.
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