MVD move to make nameplates mandatory for conductors of all private buses in the districtcould help aggrieved passengers lodge complaints

Frequent users of public transport usually have several incidents of harassment by conductors to narrate.

Passengers are often left in the lurch for want of information about the identity of the misbehaving conductor and proof of the incident.

That may soon change with the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) gearing up to make nameplates mandatory for conductors of all private buses operating in the district besides mooting a plan to install surveillance cameras in buses.

Though the Transport Commissioner had issued direction making nameplates mandatory for private bus conductors sometime back, it was not fully complied with, as conductors often fell back on petty reasons for not wearing them.

Once the direction is strictly complied with, aggrieved passengers could lodge complaints complete with the name of the conductor and the registration number of the bus.

Besides the name of the conductor, the nameplate should also feature his badge number.

A final decision on a proposal to install surveillance cameras in private buses operating in the district under the Nirbhaya project is yet to be taken.

The nod for this proposal has to come from the Regional Transport Authority, which the MVD hopes would be forthcoming sooner rather than later.

A meeting with stakeholders will be held shortly to fine-tune the implementation of the proposal.

No end in sight to woes at Vyttila

There has never been a dearth of traffic woes at Vyttila, considered to be the biggest junction in the State.

While the functioning of the mobility hub has boosted and streamlined the public transport system to a great extent, it has added to the cup of woes of the public, especially pedestrians, passing through Vyttila.

The point on the Edappally-Vyttilla stretch on the National Highway just ahead of the Vyttila junction where vehicles take a deviation to the mobility hub on Kaniyampuzha Road has become a death trap of sorts where a disaster is just waiting to happen.

In a city where speed breakers are strewn around the roads even where they are absolutely unnecessary, this particular point is conspicuous by the absence of one.

Without a speed breaker to slow them down, motorists, especially buses, take a sharp turn to the Kaniyampuzha Road without bothering to even apply the brake. Pedestrians proceeding in the direction of Tripunithura and back have to cross the point where vehicles take this turn. Instances where pedestrians have a narrow escape from buses negotiating the turn by merely honking have become all too common.

There area is also dogged by another problem. Vehicles to the Kaniyampuzha Road and the Vyttila-Pettah Road proceed along the same stretch for some 50 metres, creating more confusion. While motorists indicate a left turn from the National Highway, whether they are headed towards Kaniyampuzha Road or the Vyttila-Pettah Road remains unknown till the last minute.

M.P. Praveen