Single duty system in KSRTC from Sept
Single duty system in KSRTC from Sept

Single duty system in KSRTC from Sept


Alappuzha: In a bid to make KSRTC labour friendly, the authority has decided to carry out single duty system in KSRTC ordinary buses from September 9. Working hours of KSRTC employees have been limited to 8 hours per day. The duty will be handed over to another driver and conductor when they complete their working hours. KSRTC authority has taken the decision as per the recommendations of Susheel Khanna committee that was appointed for remodification of KSRTC. However, employees and labour unions have filed a petition against it in the High Court. In this case, the court has issued an order directing the authority to take decision as per Motor Transport Workers’ Act,1961. “No adult motor transport worker shall be required or allowed to work for more than eight hours in any day and forty-eight hours in any week,” says the Motor Transport Workers’ act. Hence, the authority decided to carry out single duty system. It is recognised that most of the accidents at night take place due to the bus drivers falling asleep while driving. Sources said that the recent KSRTC bus accident at Kottiyam in Kollam was also due to the same reason. In the wake of these accidents, KSRTC authority assumed that eight hours duty will allow the crew to take rest properly. “We took decision to implement single duty after the High Court verdict. This will be come into effect from September. It will not affect services,” said Tomin J Thachankary, KSRTC managing director.



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