8,018 buses found flouting safety measures

8,018 buses found flouting safety measures

The Transport department has inspected 31,610 buses for safety measures, after the Volvo bus inferno in Mehabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, which claimed over 40 lives a few months ago.

Disclosing this at a press conference organised here on Saturday, to announce the launch of the 25th National Road Safety Week from January 21, Transport Commissioner Amar Narayana said that the officials have taken action against the private bus owners and drivers for not following safety measures, during a special drive.

Of the 31,610 buses that were checked, as many as 8,018 buses were found flouting the safety rules and a fine of Rs 2.37 crore was collected from the bus owners. As many as 512 buses were seized for flouting safety norms, he said.

As many as 1,530 repeated traffic offenders have been stripped of their driving licence for various traffic violations, said Amar Narayan.

B Dayananda, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said children should be taught about road safety and made to follow traffic rules at an young age. Awareness on traffic rules should be included as part of their school syllabus and the government has also taken a decision on the same, he added.

The City Traffic Police, along with the Transport department, will be organising “Road Safety Week” till January 27. Various programmes have been chalked out during the seven days.

“Around 22,000 students from 250 schools will take part in a rally at Kanteerva stadium on January 21. As many as 13 teams will enact a demo on the hand signals used in traffic. Throughout the week, numerous programmes will be held to create traffic awareness among the public and the students,” he added.

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