Are Traffic rules made to be broken for Kochi drivers?

Kerala drivers especially those in Kochi are infamous for their over use of blaring horns, jumping traffic signals and breaking the road rules. Recently the Kerala Transport Minister Jose Thettayil had appealed to the motorists to make a quality change in their driving etiquette and road rules to be at par with the rest of the world.  The newspaper report of the minister’s speech created lot of interest among drivers in Kochi that one among them decided to give it a try by mending his ways and practicing good driving.

When the day’s service began, he decided to stick to his slow and steady principle. A rival bus driver, smirked at him and sped past him with no real challenge coming from the reformist who preferred to keep his speed limit. The  conductor who was surprised and annoyed at the unexpected turn of events and the apparent drop in adrenalin of the driver yelled at him and tried to pep him up. “ Come on ,ram the pedal and beat them all” But in his new avatar, what the driver  did was just to shook his head and drove the bus within the permissible speed limits. This irked not only the conductor but also the passengers in the bus, who are well accustomed to rash and thrilling city rides.

However, after a  couple of hours, the irresistible urge to break free reigned over the  hapless Kochi driver, who is conditioned only for speed drives. Habits do die hard and the effect of restrained driving was clearly showing up.  Suddenly he stopped the bus and jumped out; dismayed by his erratic behavior he was taken to a hospital nearby . The doctor  said that he is perfectly fine except the fact that he in extreme mental duress and when the doctor found out the reason he opined that sticking to his normal driving pattern would be the best possible option.

The driver was relieved that he got a clue of what was bogging him down and as soon as hit his seat, he rammed the pedal at full blast and set out on his habitual  rash and heart racing drive. The driver was happy and relaxed so were most of the passengers who are addicted to super speed rides. As he wound up his duty hours  he muttered “ these reforms are not for us in Kochi …Good bye minister 🙂 and walked off with a naughty smile!

Sholto Ramsay

Boss, motivator and general eccentric with a deep love of Kerala and India who just wants everyone to enjoy an amazing and life enhancing experience of Kerala.

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3 Responses

  1. what ever new rules come the Kochi Red Killers will remain the same.Even the public is in support of those rash driving as they want to reach their destinations quick,for which the city buses only can take them.

  2. Manjusha says:

    Not funny at all. In Aluva on 18-Feb-2011, a private bus bus rammed from behind and then ran over my father who was riding pillion on the scooter. What chance did the poor man have? Why don’t they have stricter laws in place for such things? It’s someone’s life for god’s sake. Even if we win the case, for the driver it just means cancellation of license at the most; but for me, my acchan will never come back.

  1. February 22, 2011

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