Fitness certificate of buses without speed governors will be suspended

When the extended deadline for private buses to fit sealed and certified speed governors ended on Saturday, a large number of buses were yet to fit the speed regulating equipment as per the guidelines.

Private bus operators had been instructed to install speed governors and get it sealed and certified by authorised service providers. They then had to produce the vehicles before the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) officials to get it sealed to rule out manipulation of the electronic control unit of the device.

Ernakulam Regional Transport Office officials sealed 120 vehicles on Saturday alone. With this the total number of buses sealed within the Ernakulam RTO limits crossed the 400-mark. But this was just one-third of the 1,200-odd buses operating in the area.

A senior MVD official said private bus operators continued to complain about lack of proper service and shortage of spare parts creating hurdles in timely compliance with the direction on speed governors.

“We will, however, resume the drive against erring private buses from Sunday. Buses that have installed speed governors, but have not yet sealed it will be given time. However, fitness certificates of buses found operating without speed governors will be suspended,” he said.

In Muvattupuzha RTO limits, 121 buses got their speed governors sealed by the MVD. This takes the total number of buses with sealed speed governors to 268. About 400 private buses operate within the Muvattupuzha RTO limits.

Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh ordered a crackdown on private buses without proper speed governors in the wake of a slew of accidents that claimed lives recently.

Initially, private bus operators were given time till October 2. Though there was no written direction to that effect, MVD had extended it till Saturday after private bus operators complained of shortage of authorised service centres to meet the sudden surge in demand for new speed governors and repairing the old ones.

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