The state government announced free travel for workers and women pursuing higher education in regular city buses.
In the SOP released to state transportation companies, Department Secretary C. Samayamoorthy said city buses should stop at bus stops to take waiting passengers. Vehicles should stop regardless of whether there is only one commuter on board.
“Drivers should stop buses at the designated bus stop and passengers should not be subjected to hardship,” the document said.
The bus driver, he said, should not ask passengers to get off citing lack of space. “The conductor should help the elderly passengers find seats. Under no circumstances should drivers behave harshly with women. They should be polite in their conduct, ”he said. The driver should give a signal to the driver after the female passengers get on or off the bus.
Transport Minister RS Rajakannappan said that 6,628 regular buses are operated in the state where female passengers can travel for free. In Chennai, he said, MTC operated 1,400 regular buses. “After the lockdown, steps will be taken to operate additional buses. Besides increasing the number of regular services, it was also proposed to add more roads, ”he said.