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...at a stretch, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health. It is tough to find drivers to introduce two shifts. Moreover, the Motor Vehicles Department must reissue time schedules since the last time this was done was 25 years ago, when Kerala had less than a quarter of the vehicles it has now,” he said.

Senior officials of the department said that most buses would be in good condition when brought for the annual fitness test.

The safety norms would be flouted after the test, even replacing good tyres with worn-out ones.

Officials inspected 96 buses in the district on Sunday and suspended the fitness certificate of seven which did not have speed governors.

“Four other buses were issued notice, since they did not abide by fitness norms,” said Jeby Cherian, Motor Vehicle Inspector, who coordinated rule enforcement by five squads in the district.

‘Most buses would be in good condition when brought for the annual fitness test. The norms would be flouted after the test.’

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