Kochi: Kerala High Court has ruled on Thursday that buses operating on all-India tourist permits can carry only tourists and are not allowed to carry other passengers or conduct regular service between two places.
Justice Anil K Narendran ruled acting on two petitions. They challenged check reports issued by motor vehicles department of Kerala alleging operation of contract carriage as stage carriage.
“In view of the provisions under the CMV Rules and the All-India Permit for Tourist Operators Rules, 1993, a tourist vehicle covered by All-India Tourist Permit shall carry only tourist passengers. Such a vehicle cannot be used to conduct regular service between two points, either as a stage carriage or as a contract carriage, carrying one set of passengers for the onward journey and another set of passengers for the return journey,” the court said in the judgment.