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Buses in Kerala must install cameras to check rash driving

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To ensure safety of people and tame private and KSRTC bus drivers who resort to rash and negligent driving, Kerala government has decided to toughen its stand by directing all buses to install cameras by February 28 to catch the violators.

As per a new direction of the state government issued on February 14, two cameras should be installed in the bus for capturing the front view of the road and inside view of the bus.  “Half of the amount required to purchase the camera will be borne by the State Road Safety Authority. The authority will also provide guidance on cameras. Cameras will also be installed in KSRTC buses. Surveillance will also be carried out at the state level through the vehicle location tracking device,” said the new directive.

Top Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) officials said the new directive will be implemented strictly to prevent road violations of buses like over speed and competitive riding. “The responsibility of supervising the private buses will be assigned to the officials of the Motor Vehicles Department. These officials will be responsible for the tests, including the fitness of the bus,” the officials said.

Details such as the name, address and license number of the driver and conductor assigned to work in the bus should be handed over to the Motor Vehicles Department. Relevant information should also be displayed inside the bus. Passengers and the general public will also be given the number of the motor vehicle department official who is in charge of the bus to lodge a complaint. The new directive will be implemented before March 1, 2023.

Bus drivers and conductors will be provided free training, refresher courses and counselling once in six months by the Road Safety Authority. Agencies like India Medical Association, Department of Motor Vehicles, Police and Excise will also be associated with the training programmes. Drivers and conductors will be given health cards after a medical check-up once in six months.

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