Mangaluru: The ill-fated bus that fell into the Vishweshwaraiah Canal on November 24, claiming 30 innocent lives, was certified ‘unfit’ to move on roads of Dakshina Kannada district, it is now learnt.
The bus was registered in June 2001 and later transferred to a transport firm in the coastal city. However, after 15 years of using the bus, it was sold due to strict rules prevailing in the district.
According to the sources, the bus had changed hands eight times before reaching Srinivas, the current owner, making him the ninth owner when the bus was sold to him on April 1, 2015.
According to the norms of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in Dakshina Kannada, it does not issue new permits to public transport vehicles, which have been in use over 15 years. Hence many such unfit buses are sold to districts that do not have such restrictions, say sources. The restriction in DK district is mainly because of the nature of the roads (steep and curvy terrains), that poses threat to commuters.
The bus which met a fatal accident was earlier moving between Hampankatta to Sultan Bathery in Mangaluru, it is said.