Guwahati: In a bid to understand the issues faced by everyday commuters and to check that city buses comply with the rules of Motor Vehicles Act, a group of senior officials from state transport department conducted a surprise drive in Guwahati on Thursday.
Without revealing their identities, a team led by Dr KK Dwivedi, commissioner and secretary, transport department, along with commissioner Adil Khan and other department officials took a city bus ride in order to understand the ground reality and charged on-spot fine to the amount of Rs 32,000 to offenders.
It was found that the city buses were flouting rules and plying on routes without a permit, thereby causing major traffic congestion in the city. The officials noticed that the bus conductor was taking fares without issuing tickets. Moreover, seats reserved for senior citizens and specially-abled were occupied by other passengers.
Officials also found that doors were not closed while the bus was in motion, and they halted beyond the limit of two minutes at the bus stops. Further, the rule of the rear door for entry and front door for exit was violated against the safety standards.
Transport secretary Dwivedi took serious note of the violation and instructed department officials to deploy teams to check city buses breaching the Motor Vehicles Act in Guwahati. “Such sudden enforcement drives by transport department will continue in the future and stringent action will be taken for violation of rules”, said Dwivedi.
“Twenty enforcement teams of the transport department were deployed at different locations of the city. During the drive, 40 vehicles were seized and on-the-spot fine of approximately Rs 32,000 was imposed for route violations, not issuing tickets to passengers and keeping the doors open while plying”, said commissioner Adil Khan in a press release.
Meanwhile, driving licence and permit of the bus on which the officials travelled were cancelled.
Further, to ensure ease while using public commutation, the state transport department recently launched a helpline number 69012-69006, 60261-76755 for reporting city buses for violation of traffic norms, rash driving and unruly behaviour by bus driver or conductor.