KK Thomas, state president of the Private Bus Operators Federation, said that today’s strike is symbolic. Officials of the private bus operators say that the decision taken at the ministerial level was overturned and the implementation of the report given by various commissions was delayed, forcing them to stop the service and go on strike.
The bus owners’ association has written a letter asking the chief minister to intervene in the issues raised by them and solve the problem. The organizations say that they will have to go on an indefinite strike from November 21 if the government does not consider the demands.
The main demand of the bus owners is to increase the concession charge of the students. Along with the increase in fares implemented in May 2022, there was a proposal to increase the fares of students. But it didn’t work. The joint strike committee also says that the order for free travel for the very poor students was taken without consultation.
The joint strike committee demanded that the government reconsider the decision to change the limited stop buses to ordinary ones and stop the permits of private buses operating more than 140 km. Meanwhile, KSRTC has announced that it will run additional services in the state to deal with the strike.
Meanwhile, the order making seatbelt and camera compulsory will come into force from tomorrow. The order will come into effect from November 1, requiring the driver of all heavy vehicles, including stage carriages, as well as front seat passengers in the driver’s row, to wear seat belts and to install cameras inside and outside stage carriages as per the Central Act.
Transport Minister Antony Raju has stated yesterday that only the vehicles equipped with seat belts and cameras should be given fitness certificates from November 1, accepting the demand of the vehicle owners that the mandatory installation of seat belts and cameras should be implemented from November 1.
Exams have been changed
Kaladi Sree Shankaracharya Sanskrit University has postponed all examinations scheduled to be held today as the private bus strike has been announced. The exams will be held on November 3 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
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