Hyderabad : RedBus, India’s largest online bus ticketing platform, on Thursday said that it has launched vaccinated bus services across 600+ major routes in the country, a first for the bus transport sector.
In order to ensure proper execution of this new system, boarding for passengers who book their tickets on vaccinated buses will only be allowed once they produce their ID proof and vaccination certificate at the time of boarding, RedBus said in a release .
With the exception of passengers aged below 18, Adult Passengers who fail to provide the necessary proof will be denied boarding, the release said.
This new arrangement guarantees that passengers of an intercity bus get to travel with vaccinated co-passengers and crew, RedBus said in a release.
Booking a ticket on this service requires the travellers to have received at least the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine and they must submit proof of the same at the time of boarding.
Vaccinated Bus is being introduced in collaboration with private partner bus operators , it said presently vaccinated bus services have begun operating across 600+ routes on redBus, with the crew and passengers having had at least the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
RedBus already implements various safety measures under its ‘Safety+’ program, which is a unique certification given to partner bus operators who meet the highest standards of safety and sanitization.
Speaking on the service, Prakash Sangam, CEO, RedBus, stated, according to a survey that we recently undertook with our customers, 89% of the respondents said that they prefer to travel in a bus which had all the bus staff and co-passengers vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
It is therefore evident that a vaccinated bus rides passengers of their anxiety to a large extent and restores their confidence to undertake travel, which they are all so eagerly looking forward to.
At the moment, these services are spread across 600+ routes in the country and we will look at further scaling this initiative based on the response to it, he added.