The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a writ petition filed by the State Transport Employees Federation, affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, against the State government’s decision to operate buses without conductors for non-stop services.

Justice S.M. Subramaniam said: “This court cannot come to the conclusion that a bus cannot ply without the assistance of a conductor… There is no prohibition in appointing a driver-cum-conductor in certain specified circumstances, and in view of the developing technology and needs of our great nation, the facilities to be provided for the public at large are certainly to be improved and efficient transport facilities are imminent.”

He held that Rule 227 of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Rules was repugnant and inconsistent with the spirit of Sections 124 and 178 of the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 in so far as appointment of driver-cum-conductor in “advanced buses”was concerned.

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