Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation has been asked to operate additional bus services during peak hour traffic, especially coinciding with the timings of the schools and colleges, to prevent overloading and footboard travelling in buses.
At a meeting organised at the District Police Office here on Thursday, the Inspector General of Police and Chief Vigilance Officer, TNSTC, Madurai, K. Vannia Perumal, and Superintendent of Police, V. Balakrishnan, discussed ways to prevent footboard travelling with the Regional Transport Officers and officials from TNSTC.
A statement said that the crew members of buses should not encourage footboard travelling and should warn all the violators. The details of those who do not heed to the advice of the crew should be intimated to the local police station.
It was said that footboard travelling not only puts the said person in danger, but also causes inconvenience to other passengers, especially to the children and the aged.
The TNSTC officials have been asked to set right the hydraulic doors in the buses.
Awareness programmes on the evils of footboard travelling should be created among the volunteers of National Service Scheme and National Cadet Corps and members of the public. Penal action would be taken against those who violate Motor Vehicle Act, the statement said.