Mangaluru, Nov 02, 2018: In serious action against private city buses, the police booked at least 171 cases for violations of several clauses of the traffic rules.
A maximum of 71 cases were booked against using of shrill horns, while 62 cases were against drivers/conductors not wearing uniform. As many as 25 cases were booked for not issuing tickets and eight cases for rash and negligent driving. There were five cases for other offences.
The action by the police comes a fortnight after a joint operation with Transport Department to book 34 city buses for using shrill horns. The police registered cases on October 15 and forwarded them for action by the Transport Department under the Motor Vehicles Act as the latter is empowered to impose more fine under the Act.
However, members of the public expressed their observations that this methodology is having absolutely no effect on the violations. Private bus operators are not at all caring for these cases booked against them and this is reflected in their arguments with RTO. The approach and discipline has to be modified. The main culprit it is said are (1).Giving away the contract bus to run on illegal terms to bus crews. (2). The rigid and quirky timing for buses.
Following booking of these cases, the Transport Department issued notices to private bus operators. The private bus owners appeared before the in-charge Senior Regional Transport Officer Jospech Misquith and contended that rules allow use of the horns up to 100 decibels. They also said that there was no device with the department to measure sound of the horns used in the city buses.