Technical or maintenance problems did not cause the accident in Belur on Tuesday, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy has said.

He told presspersons here on Wednesday that the accident could have occurred due to “other reasons on the road.”

Mr. Reddy said the four State Road Transport Corporations had a fleet 22,500 buses. Of these, less than one per cent was involved in accidents.

Terming the incident “unfortunate”, he said the KSRTC bus involved in the accident went through a fitness certificate examination recently. The bus had clocked 11,000-odd km after the fitness certificate was issued.

“The SRTCs ensure that the buses clock not more than 7.5 lakh km. Most buses that have touched this limit are scrapped. However, if the vehicle is in a good condition, after a fitness certificate examination, they are allowed to clock an additional 1.5 lakh km. Private bus services can withdraw service if the road conditions are bad. But transport corporations can ill afford to do so,” he added.

  • ‘It could have happened due to other reasons’

  • ‘The bus involved in the accident went through fitness test recently’