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Crackdown on erring bus and auto drivers

The drive carried out by the Regional Transport Office against erring city bus and autorickshaw drivers has brought Rs 3.11crore to its kitty.

Written by NitinPatil | Pune |
July 26, 2009 12:46:13 am

RTO collects fine of Rs 1.2 cr from private bus operators and Rs 1.9 cr from auto drivers

The drive carried out by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) against erring city bus and autorickshaw drivers has brought Rs 3.11crore to its kitty.

The RTO checked 9,660 buses between April 2008 and March 2009,out of which 2,186 buses were found to be violating transportation norms. The drive resulted in the RTO collecting a fine of Rs 1.20 crore during this period.

Only last week civic body chief Mahesh Zagade vowed to initiate action against private buses that park at pick up points and not at the points designated for them. City’s top cops,including Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh,held Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as well as RTO responsible for the city’s deteriorating traffic scene. However,the RTO had refuted the charges.

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“We have time and again taken up drives against vehicles like buses belonging to private travel companies and autorickshaws in order to check the documents and necessary permits of the vehicles. We also took action against vehicles that ferried more people than their capacity,” Regional Transport Officer Chandrakant Kharatmal told Newsline,when asked about the action taken against the vehicles plying without the necessary permits.

“In 2008-09,we collected Rs 1.20 crore from private bus operators for not conforming to rules. Out of the 9,660 buses that were checked,we found 2,186 buses to be at fault,including 357 buses from other states. Of the total number of the buses,748 did not have the required permit,” he added. The RTO collected over Rs 21 lakh as fine and Rs 88 lakh as tax from them. Rs 10.49 lakh was the amount collected as court fine.

The RTO also carried out a similar drive against the autorickshaws,said Kharatmal.

Between April 2008 and January 2009,it checked 9,029 autos and found 4,123 of them to be flouting transportation rules and collected fine to the tune of Rs 1.91 crore. “During the drive,we checked permits,unlawful ferrying of extra passengers. We suspended permits of 1,590 rickshaws and cancelled 18 licences,” Kharatmal added.

However,activists feel lot more needs to be done. “The RTO needs to check whether a vehicle is roadworthy or not. They should check the fitness of such vehicles,” Maj Gen (Rtd) S C N Jatar of Nagrik Chetana Manch said.

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