The move is expected to help authorities while issuing new route permits to buses. Once implemented, all details regarding buses can be available just in a click .
“When a bus operator approaches the vehicles department for a new permit, we have to go through all the records of other buses on that route and it is a time consuming process. With the digitalization, we can know the interval between the services of buses on that route. We can issue new permit without disturbing the timing of other buses. For example, if a bus is operating from Kochi to Kodungallur at 9am and the second one at 9.30am, we can issue a permit for a new bus at 9.15am, which will help passengers,” said an MVD official.
It will also help to track a bus immediately if it failed to follow the time and route, if a passenger complains. However, officials said that records of many buses, which have been operating for many years, might have been lost and records of only 80% of buses can be digitalized.
M B Sathyan, general secretary of private bus operators’ association, said around 1,200 buses operate in Ernakulam RTO limit and many are not conducting services due to financial crisis caused by the Covid pandemic.
Though private buses have resumed service, many either suspend service before afternoon or midway on many days due to poor passenger turnout.