The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) has informed the Madras High Court that in a bid to check drunk driving in TNSTC buses all drivers are given a breathalyser test before they get behind the wheel.
TNSTC in its report also submitted that besides the mandatory breathalyser test as an when the driver reports for duty, surprise checks are also held.
The report stated that to ensure the safety of passengers, the driver should not be drunk or else stringent action would be initiated against those indulged in such cases of drunk driving.
Justice Krishnakumar had raised the queries on an appeal moved by TNSTC challenging the order of a labour court which ordered the reinstatement of a driver who was caught drunk.
The driver Karunakaran, attached to the Thiruvotriyur depot, had driven the bus in a drunken state and halfway through the journey had stopped the bus and forced the passengers to alight the bus and board another one as he was in a inebriated condition.
Following this, he was dismissed from service. However, the labour court which heard the driver’s plea directed TNSTC to reinstate him, leading to the present appeal.
Justice Krishnakumar on recording TNSTC’s submission posted the case for further hearing by a week.