There are many ways that we “fan” and no one person does it quite the same way. There are those that love buses, primarily transit buses. There are some that like school buses as well, but they are practically outnumbered by those who are just transit and/or coach fans.

Most busfans gather at major transit centers, bus stations and special bus-related rallies or shows to talk about, what else, buses. Conversations can range from bus models to memorabilia, photos taken, sound effects, bus sightings, bus garage transfers, buses sold or leased to other companies, bus route changes, and operations planning.

Bus and Truck Fanning at Thrissur – Palakkad Highway

In the old days before the Internet, most bus fans met through trade shows or major events. In the modern era, most fans meet on Facebook or bus-related forums.

National Highway 544, commonly referred to as NH 544, (old number NH 47)[1] is a 340-kilometre-long (210 mi) National Highway in South India connecting Salem city in Tamil Nadu to the city of Kochi in Kerala. It is also called the Salem-Kochi Highway. The highway runs through the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, connecting various important cities and towns such as Salem, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur and Kochi. It is a spur of National Highway 44, which forms the North South Corridor of the National Highway network of India.It passes south of coimbatore. It was formerly designated National Highway 47.

In an effort to improve the traffic systems, the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KSRA) has completed the first phase of installation of high-tech automatic traffic enforcement systems on the 98 km Edappally-Mannuthy stretch of NH 544.

As part of the Rs 8.5 crore project, 65 automatic traffic enforcement systems will be installed at 23 points on the stretch. The monitoring technology involves a mixture of virtual sensors, motion detectors, inductive sensors, logo sensors and high resolution cameras.

Pictures of number plates would be captured using 10 megapixel cameras. The main server that will be linked to all cameras will be set up at the deputy transport commissioner’s office. The magnetic sensors installed on roads will trigger the cameras in case of violations and send a message to the main server.

Offenders will be traced based on visuals of vehicles and registration plates and they will be issued notice. The project is being implemented by KSRA and the Motor Vehicles Department with the technical support of Keltron as part of the decision to observe 2011-2020 as the ‘decade of action for road safety’.

All the Toll Plazas, except those on L&T Bypass are FasTag enabled, with dedicated lanes.

Vaikundam Toll Plaza (near Salem, Tamil Nadu).
Vijayamangalam Toll Plaza (near Erode, Tamil Nadu).
Kaniyur Toll Plaza (near Neelambur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu).
(6 Toll Plazas on L&T Byepass – soon to be replaced).
Pampampallam Toll Plaza (near Walayar, Kerala).
Paliyekkara Toll Plaza (near Thrissur, Kerala).