Transport department acts tough against errant drivers

The Transport Department officials booked cases against contract carriage buses violating the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and rules here on Tuesday.

Speaking to Deccan Herald,  Deputy Commissioner of Transport and Senior Regional Transport Officer (In-charge) G S Hegde said six contract carriage buses, which were operating as regular stage carriage buses, were detained near State Bank Bus Stand and cases were booked against them. 

“According to the permit condition, a contract carriage is a bus that takes a group of people, typically for trip or marriage party, from one place and to another without stopping on the way. A bus operating as a stage carriage stops on the way from one place to another to pick passengers, and each passenger buys ticket. Six contract carriage buses were violating the permit condition and cases were booked against them,” he said.

“With the shortage of vehicle inspectors, the department is not being able to act against erring buses in spite of receiving complaints from the public. At the same time, there is no space to park the seized vehicles. Following a request from the Transport Department, SP Dr S D Sharanappa has given space for the parking of the seized vehicles at DAR Ground,” he added. 

Motor vehicle inspectors also checked buses which had been using shrill horns and got them removed. “The department has been receiving complaints on shrill horns. Each trip of the buses is a hell for commuters as well as other road users as the drivers, in a bid to have the way cleared, blow the horn hard scaring people on the road,” said a citizen. About 20 cases have been registered against such buses for using shrill horts, the officer said. 

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