The polycarbonate show cowl was as soon as first provided in Kochi in May maybe perhaps and made foremost for taxi autos that ferried folks from the airport

Most autorickshaws in Kochi have installed a transparent screen behind the driver’s seat as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.

Most autorickshaws in Kochi comprise installed a transparent show cowl within the motivate of the driver’s seat as a precautionary measure in opposition to COVID-19.   | Photograph Credit:
H. Vibhu


The polycarbonate show cowl was as soon as first provided in Kochi in May maybe perhaps and made foremost for taxi autos that ferried folks from the airport

Confronted with a spurt in COVID-19 circumstances in Kerala, the Motor Autos Department (MVD) has begun imposing dazzling on autorickshaws and taxi autos that characteristic without the foremost polycarbonate monitors between the driver and passenger net site.

The walk is on the root of an reveal issued by the Transport Commissioner in July, making transparent show cowl partition foremost in three and four-wheeler public transport autos that characteristic in Kerala. “Violators of the safety norm would possibly well well furthermore be charged ₹250 as dazzling, while fitness certificate is no longer issued to such autos which appear for the annual fitness test. The dazzling quantity has been mounted as per provisions of Exertion Administration Act, since it doesn’t procure mention within the Motor Autos Act,” acknowledged MVD sources.

The show cowl was as soon as first provided in Kochi in May maybe perhaps, jointly by the MVD and the district administration, and made foremost for taxi autos that ferried folks from the airport. This was as soon as completed as per World Correctly being Group (WHO) norms, for which a pair of doctors connected to the Nationwide Correctly being Mission readied a construct. “With it being made foremost for all taxi autos and autorickshaws, the price has come down from ₹2,500 to approximately ₹1,200 in most parts of Kerala. States like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka too comprise opted for the theorem now,” acknowledged G. Anantakrishnan, Malappuram RTO, who as the then RTO-Enforcement of Ernakulam conducted a key characteristic in popularising the theorem.

On whether air-conditioning would possibly well well properly be switched on in taxi autos eventually of inclement weather, Mr. Anantakrishnan acknowledged the WHO had urged working the AC at 24-27 degree Celsius, if completely foremost.

A replacement of autorickshaws in Ernakulam district too had installed show cowl partition, acknowledged Reji P. Varghese, Deputy Transport Commissioner (Central Zone-2), Ernakulam. The monitors are on hand at around ₹350 per fragment.

Sanitised buses

Mr. Varghese acknowledged the MVD had begun handing over pumps and cleaning liquid to bus stands to neat private buses. “The funds for this and ₹300-wage for a worker per day to achieve fogging in all buses were made on hand by the Union Ministry of Street Transport and Highways. The produce lasts as much as 12 hours,” he acknowledged.

Four-tier sanitising

Mr. Varghese on Monday inaugurated an initiative by city-based MGS Travels to disinfect autos using a four-tier capacity after every day out. The company was as soon as the foremost to introduce the theorem of security monitors in Kerala, when public transport resumed after the national lockdown, to ferry passengers from airports and railway stations.

In the mode of disinfection, there was as soon as an exterior energy cleaning soap-washing, followed by inner energy cleaning, sanitiser fumigation and lastly UV sanitisation, acknowledged M.S. Anil Kumar, owner of the commute company and vice chairman of Bus and Automobile Operators Confederation of India. A cellular utility named ‘Tripme’ too was as soon as provided to terminate the probability of COVID-19 unfold via money payments, he acknowledged.