Kochi: Private bus operators in Kerala have gone on an indefinite strike since Sunday midnight protesting the motor vehicles department's decision for mandatory speed governors in wake of the recent road mishap at Malappuram, which claimed 13 lives.
Private bus owners said that monitoring speed is applicable only on private buses and not on the state-owned KSRTC.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of bus owners here on Sunday.
The state government had cancelled permits of various buses which had not fixed speed governors following a spate of road accidents in Kerala, including the Malappuram mishap on Friday.
Bus owners said the increasing road mishaps were not due to lack of speed governors, but due to the bad condition of roads in the state.
They claimed the motor vehicle department was not closely monitoring the speed of state-owned Kerala State Road Transport corporation buses and only owners of private buses were "being harassed".
Yesterday, 299 private buses, including KSRTC, were issued 'stop memo' by the Motor vehicle department and they cannot operate the services from today.
(With additional information from PTI)