Private Buses to operate buses on any route without permit, new rule issued

The central government has allowed corporate companies to operate buses on any route without permit. An official order regarding this was issued the other day along with the guidelines of online taxi service.

According to a letter sent to the state chief secretary by the central government, the state governments can also issue orders in accordance with the order issued by the Union Surface Transport Ministry. Any type of vehicle can be operated by levying a rent via online. With this, those who obtain aggregator licence will be allowed to operate buses on any route after issuing online ticket. The apps and online booking facilities used by these operators were also legalised. Specified qualification of drivers and other employees should be determined. Training classes regarding the online booking, health check-up and insurance are mandatory for employees. The passengers will have the provision to rate the service of the driver. Licence fee of Rs 5 lakh will be collected for a term of 5 years. Companies which have 100 buses and 1000 other vehicles should pay Rs 1 lakh as security deposit. Companies registered under cooperative societies act are also allowed to apply for the licence. Private vehicles and private buses will be allowed to operate inter-state service with state government’s approval. The current permit system will become irrelevant by implementing the new rule. With the new move, the Motor Vehicle Department is able to check any violation if happens.