Thiruvananthapuram: Operation Night Riders, a surveillance operation by Motor Vehicles Department to keep an eye on 500 tourist omnibuses operating from key cities in southern states Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to the Kerala will commence on Wednesday.
A three member squad will be formed by enforcement Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) and these squads will be lead by Motor Vehicle Inspectors. They will carry out checks on the buses and the offices of the operators.
The Transport Commissioner has asked the Enforcement RTOs to close operating offices without LAPT license. These offices will remain closed till they obtain required licenses.
The squad will conduct checks from starting point or ending point. Squad will seek the help of Police if needed.
If any passenger has any complaints about the service, the squad will take a statement from the passenger and a check report will be prepared along with the written statement. The squad is also asked to verify any tax arrear cases pending in the permit holders name and also to conduct checks if the services carry any other goods other than the passengers' personal luggage.
The squad will also ensure the functioning of speed governors in the vehicles and GPS trackers. The buses will be connected to Suraksha Mitra software to track the vehicle and ensure the safety of passengers.
JTC Enforcement will be the state coordinator of the operation. RTO/Enforcement, Ernakulam will act as the Nodal officer and the Nodal Officer will be the RTO/Enforcement, Ernakulam.
Complaints can be registered through the phone number 82817 86096.
Motor Vehicle department launched Operation Night Riders in response to the brutal beating of passengers in a Kallada Travels inter-state bus at Vyttila on Sunday and complaints from several other passengers following the incident.