Kochi: Associations of the owners of private buses and their employees have announced an indefinite bus-strike from Sunday midnight to protest the recent crackdown on speeding drivers.
A meeting of the Kerala Bus Transport Association, Private Bus Owners Association, Private Bus Operative Forum, and Private Bus Organisation held here Sunday morning decided to stop services from midnight in protest of the recent action of the law enforcement forces.
The authorities had begun measures to rein in speeding drivers after the tragic bus accident in Malappuram district which claimed 14 lives.
Officials from the Motor Vehicles' Department were seen waiting on the sides of the roads and swooping down on speeding bus drivers. Several speeding vehicle owners have been served notices, and instructed to ensure that speed governors are installed.
The association representatives claimed that the speed governors presently installed in buses were not effective. They accused that the authorities were not taking any action against KSRTC buses not installing the speed governors. The bus owners also demanded more time to install them in buses.
Top MVD official P. Rajiv had on Saturday announced that the checking of vehicles would go on uninterrupted, and action would be initiated against owners of vehicles found not complying with the laws.
Incidentally, the state-owned transport corporation in Kerala has a mere 5,803 buses, while the private sector operates around 46,620 buses.