Commuting in a bus in Kerala can be a gut-wrenching experience. Don’t take my word for it. YouTube is full of ‘Crazy Kerala Bus race videos‘. Accidents and death due to speeding are common in the state.
According to this ministry of road transport and highways report, a total of 4,196 people died and 43,735 were injured in road accidents in Kerala in 2015. The state had the fifth highest number of accidents in India at 39,014.
In Kannur district, where this is particularly bad, the district collector has come up with a new way of dealing with this problem: an Android app called SpeedSpot.
“You no longer have to be a mute spectator to rash and negligent driving,” Mir Mohammed Ali, district collector, Kannur, wrote on his Facebook page.
Passengers can check the speed of a bus on the app and raise a complaint with the police if the bus exceeds 35 kmph in the city or 65 kmph on the highway.
The app will capture speed, date, time, location and also GPS tag the bus. The regional transport office will monitor complaints received from the app and take action.
Just for a horror (sic), watch the last bus passing by in this video: