Delhi govt to crack down on Shuttl bus service for ‘illegally’ plying: Report

The Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the Delhi government to ensure a shut down on 'illegal' private buses in the city. Following the LG's order, the transport department's enforcement team last week impounded 10 buses by Gurgaon-based Shuttl for alleged permit violations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 3, 2017 3:51 pm
Shuttl, Delhi bus service, Gopal rai, app based bus service, Delhi bus service scam, bus service scam, delhi scam, delhi news Following the December 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, the plying of private buses in Delhi has been banned and many have raised concerns regarding the same. (Representational Image)

The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has started cracking down on app-based aggregator Shuttl for ‘illegally’ plying buses in the city, DNA reported. Earlier this year, Shuttl landed former transport minister Gopal Rai in a controversy after it was alleged that Rai was reportedly favouring the aggregator.

Following the December 2012 gangrape case, the plying of private buses in Delhi has been banned and many have raised concerns regarding the same. Earlier the Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the Delhi government to ensure a shut down on ‘illegal’ private buses in the city, in order to ensure safety of women. Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal had also directed Delhi government’s transport department to impound the “illegally-run” private carriers.

Following the LG’s order, the transport department’s enforcement team last week impounded 10 buses by Gurgaon-based Shuttl for alleged permit violations.

“After the L-G’s directions, we have impounded over 100 buses engaged by the app-based aggregator in the last six months. These buses are contract carriers and cannot act as stage carriers to pick up individual passengers as it leads to safety concerns, besides congestion and pollution,” a senior official was quoted as saying by DNA. He added that interstate buses cannot stage as carriers in Delhi, since most Shuttl’s buses are from Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

“These buses would issue online tickets on their app while picking up passengers from various routes. The contract-carrier buses are not authorised to pick and drop individual passengers or even define their own routes. These buses would start from Rohini and would ply on set routes, which is a major violation of the Motor Vehicles Act,” the official added.

Delhi government officials claim that they have written to the respective state governments in this regards and asked them to cancel the permits of the buses; but have reportedly received no response. This year, 1,147 buses have been impounded by the transport department for illegally plying in the city. Out of these, 1,105 were interstate diesel-run buses.

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    kanika
    Jul 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm
    We have to travel a distance of around 35 km to come to office and shuttle is a big relief. In case the government talks about safe transportation, more buses should be made available to general public, who are commuting from Delhi to NCR. Shuttl service is safe and a convenient commuting option. Only office staff board the buses, they even do not allow any passenger who doesn't have the shuttle pass. As compared to DTC buses, the frequency of Shuttl is much better. We get it in every 15-20 minutes. Its a humble request to the Delhi Govt. to please rethink on the decision of shutting down shuttle service. Its a BIG BIG relief for office goers, who are already so frustrated by traveling for so many hours.
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      Chhatrapal Singhania
      Jul 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm
      So, this is how Delhi's 'finest' brains react to an innovative idea! Tell me, how is a CNG vehicle ferrying 50 people, thereby prohibiting those 50 cars to come on the road (and in turn regulating traffic and pollution), a bad thing? Shuttle should get rewards, not raps! It solves the transportation-problem of thousands, traffic problem (to some degree) and pollution problem (to a greater degree). Insofar as the point of security goes, there are plenty of pluses for Shuttl - 1. one gets the shuttl number much before boarding the bus (which one can share with others,if required). 2. The bus is GPS tracked. 3. It cannot let a non-registered user board the bus. 4. There is a feedback mechanism. Believe me, it is a safer public transport than those death-metal boxes called sarkari buses. A rule might have been made keeping an out come in mind. But it should not be blanket-applied without understanding the overall scenario. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!
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        Chhatrapal Singhania
        Jul 4, 2017 at 3:27 pm
        Someone please start an online pe ion for saving Shuttl from this draconian 'crackdown'.
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        Human
        Jul 3, 2017 at 8:52 pm
        Police under Modi govt should arrest those illegally plying. They can't take the bribe and act as sitting duck. The IAS care has already been made to sit idle and act only on centre direction through LG. HC to be blamed to give such ruling..... Just to pleaser judges promotion approving authority. SC also contributed in meshing up the situation by not taking up the appeal because of being cons utional matter...... But now after HC ruling and that too much after the appeal SC decided to set up cons utional bench instead of giving a ruling. And that too the bench is not set up so far. So the court wants to give decision at the end of AAP govt as such good different corruption free officers and system are getting set back. Problem initiated by Modi govt and propagated by courts.
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          Chandan
          Jul 7, 2017 at 11:03 am
          Yeah,, Problem initiated by Modi Govt and propagated by Courts.. anyways Kejriwal does not do anything. Had he passed the Delhi-Gurgaon Metro route which was expected last year, there would be an alternative being built for people. But because Kejriwal does not want to work, others create problem. Hate Modi for working and love Kejriwal for not doing anything.
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