Kerala HC says no to plea asking for more time – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday rejected a plea by contract transport operators asking for more time to comply with the uniform color code rule for tourist buses. The government had issued an order in this regard following the Vadakkanchery accident. The court said education authorities at Vettickal’s Baselios Vidyanikethan Secondary School in Mulanthuruthy had prima facie misconduct by allowing students to travel by bus, which violated safety standards.
A divisional bench comprising Judge Anil K Narendran and Judge PG Ajith Kumar issued the order in the suo motu case regarding the crash.

The HC noted that the tourist bus involved in the Vadakkanchery accident had already been transferred to the police station. Two screenshots taken from the video concerning the accident were produced in court. They explicitly state that the driver’s cabin of the bus had all sorts of unauthorized fittings causing reflections on the windshields, in clear violation of the provision of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. The use of these vehicles poses a threat to the safety of passengers and also other innocent road users.
The photograph of the bus also shows that it was not even equipped with reflectors in accordance with legal requirements. Its safety glass has a sun protection film and also graphic stickers. The students who rode the bus uploaded a video to social media and it was viewed by the bench in open court.

“The video shows that even when the vehicle was traveling at an exorbitant speed, the students were dancing in the passenger compartment which was equipped with LEDs and other lights converting the same into a dance floor,” the bench said. The court also said that the principal of the educational institution and the teachers in charge of the trip were certainly the least concerned about the safety of their students. Because even after repeated orders from the HC prohibiting vehicles from violating safety standards, incidents occur in various places.

The court also slapped vloggers uploading videos promoting contract cars violating safety standards. The court further suggested prosecuting the owner of the contract transport and the person who built the body of the bus in defiance of safety standards.

The court also ruled that action should be taken against vehicles belonging to KSRTC and Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation for displaying advertisements and images causing distraction to drivers of other vehicles.

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Friday rejected a plea by contract transport operators asking for more time to comply with the uniform color code rule for tourist buses. The government had issued an order in this regard following the Vadakkanchery accident. The court said education authorities at Vettickal’s Baselios Vidyanikethan Secondary School in Mulanthuruthy had prima facie misconduct by allowing students to travel by bus, which violated safety standards. A divisional bench comprising Judge Anil K Narendran and Judge PG Ajith Kumar issued the order in the suo motu case regarding the crash. The HC noted that the tourist bus involved in the Vadakkanchery accident had already been transferred to the police station. Two screenshots taken from the video concerning the accident were produced in court. They explicitly state that the driver’s cabin of the bus had all sorts of unauthorized fittings causing reflections on the windshields, in clear violation of the provision of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. The use of these vehicles poses a threat to the safety of passengers and also other innocent road users. The photograph of the bus also shows that it was not even equipped with reflectors in accordance with legal requirements. Its safety glass has a sun protection film and also graphic stickers. The students who rode the bus uploaded a video to social media and it was viewed by the bench in open court. “The video shows that even when the vehicle was traveling at an exorbitant speed, the students were dancing in the passenger compartment which was equipped with LEDs and other lights converting the same into a dance floor,” the bench said. The court also said that the principal of the educational institution and the teachers in charge of the trip were certainly the least concerned about the safety of their students. Because even after repeated orders from the HC prohibiting vehicles from violating safety standards, incidents occur in various places. The court also slapped vloggers uploading videos promoting contract cars violating safety standards. The court further suggested prosecuting the owner of the contract transport and the person who built the body of the bus in defiance of safety standards. The court also ruled that action should be taken against vehicles belonging to KSRTC and Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation for displaying advertisements and images causing distraction to drivers of other vehicles.

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