Kerala: Private Buses To Go Off Roads From Today For Higher Ticket Fare

Kerala: Private Buses To Go Off Roads From Today For Higher Ticket Fare

Private buses in Kerala would not run indefinitely from March 24 as operators have decided to go on a strike to demand increase in ticket fare in the wake of rising fuel prices.

Private buses in Kerala would not run indefinitely from March 24 as operators have decided to go on a strike to demand increase in ticket fare in the wake of rising fuel prices.

 President of Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation Sathyan, told PTI that a notice regarding the proposed strike was given to the government over two weeks ago and till date, no one has engaged in discussions on the issue

 President of Kerala State Private Bus Operators Federation Sathyan, told PTI that a notice regarding the proposed strike was given to the government over two weeks ago and till date, no one has engaged in discussions on the issue 

Regarding State Transport Minister Antony Raju’s statement that he hoped the bus owners would not go on strike keeping in view the interest of the students whose exams are coming and classes on, Sathyan said such a statement should not have been made.

Regarding State Transport Minister Antony Raju’s statement that he hoped the bus owners would not go on strike keeping in view the interest of the students whose exams are coming and classes on, Sathyan said such a statement should not have been made. 

He said the Transport Minister and the State government were informed in November last year about the demands of the bus owners, but no steps were taken since

He said the Transport Minister and the State government were informed in November last year about the demands of the bus owners, but no steps were taken since 

He further said state government must ensure no hardship to the students and the onus was not on the bus owners.

He further said state government must ensure no hardship to the students and the onus was not on the bus owners.

The owners have demanded a hike in the fare for the public and also in the concessional fare for students.

The owners have demanded a hike in the fare for the public and also in the concessional fare for students. 

Besides, the operators have sought an increase in the kilometre charge from the present 90 paise to Rs 1.10 per km and waiver of road tax for the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Besides, the operators have sought an increase in the kilometre charge from the present 90 paise to Rs 1.10 per km and waiver of road tax for the COVID-19 pandemic period.