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Revamped timekeeper system from today

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, AUG. 1. Stung by systemic failures in its much-vaunted "Samaya Paripalana Vyavasthe" (timekeeper system), the Dakshina Kannada Bus Operators' Association has decided to re-launch it with stricter guidelines from Monday.

The association has withdrawn the system along the coastal route for some time now following complaints of a few people misusing it.

Guidelines

Under the newly formulated guidelines which have been circulated among all the parties concerned, the bus crews have been instructed not to get into arguments with timekeepers. Any grouse or complaint has to be submitted to the bus owner, who, in turn, will take it up with the coordination committee comprising bus operators on a particular route, for example, the coastal route.

Schedule

The buses are expected to stick to their schedule. They are not allowed to digress from the schedule even in the event of a bus going ahead of it or following it not making the designated trip for some reason. All buses operating towards Suratkal (bus route numbers 2, 15, 41, 45 and others) are expected to reach the Suratkal bus station at the designated time.

In case a bus fails to reach the designated time as per the schedule, it should necessarily stop 250 feet ahead of the spot giving due time for passengers to alight.

The bus will not be allowed to pick up passengers under such conditions.

In case the crews violate this directive, the return trip of the bus will be cancelled and the crew will be held responsible for it.

Legal action

Legal action will be initiated against bus operators and crew members found violating the directive. The coordination committee reserves the right to cancel the trip of a bus not adhering to the direction anytime within 24 hours. The association will also seek police help to deal with any law and order problem that may arise in this connection.

Office bearers of the association and those involved in the coordination committee said these steps had to be taken in the larger interest of the people.

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