Government bus driver retires after 30 years: Gets emotional and hugs bus [Video]

Leaving a job can be an emotional experience, especially for those who have dedicated a significant amount of time and have formed an emotional bond with their work. One incident that exemplifies this is the retirement of a bus driver after three decades, which left him feeling emotional and brought tears to his eyes.

The driver, Muthupandi, had been working as a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) driver for thirty years. In a recorded incident captured by the bus conductor, Muthupandi is seen stepping out of the bus for the last time. He embraces the bus, visibly moved and teary-eyed.

Speaking to the camera, Muthupandi expresses his deep respect for his job, acknowledging that it provided him with social status and respect when he started thirty years ago. He even reveals that he got married only after securing the driver’s job.

Government bus driver retires after 30 years: Gets emotional and hugs bus [Video]

Although it is uncertain whether this is the same bus he drove throughout his career, there is a strong possibility. Nonetheless, it is evident that Muthupandi had spent a significant amount of time with the bus featured in the video. The video of the driver’s emotional farewell has gone viral on various social media platforms.

Many of these bus drivers were recruited several decades ago and spent their entire lives driving the same routes. Numerous incidents similar to this one demonstrate the deep emotional attachment these drivers develop towards their buses, as it becomes an integral part of their daily routine for many years.

Bus driver emotional after route axed

Last year, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) announced the launch of their all-new long-distance bus service called Swift. A legally independent company was formed to operate these buses as part of KSRTC’s plans to replace the old Interstate buses with the new KSRTC Swift buses. As a result, services like the Changanassery-Velankanni Interstate Super Express were discontinued, which left the bus driver, Mr. Ponnukkuttan, feeling emotional as he had a strong emotional connection to the bus. However, in a surprising turn of events, KSRTC has now announced that they will be retaining the service.

According to the report, Mr. Ponnukkuttan had been driving the bus on this route for the past 10 years. He was taken aback when he learned that the Super Express service on this route was being replaced by Swift buses. The news came as a shock to him. However, it is mentioned that not only the driver but also the passengers were delighted with the decision.

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