Udupi, May 1, 2015: Addressing the RTA meeting, Udupi DC Dr R Vishal said strict action would be taken against buses that violate route permit and do not follow correct fares. He said that an enforcement drive would be taken up to introduce the rules and regulations.
The convenience of the general public will be the main focus, comprehensive regulation would be be put in place to control traffic misdemeanors. Citing concern over buses speeding consistently a need for regular refresher training on safety and security for bus drivers is a must.
The number of accidents is alarming, vehicles are driven at high speeds on the national highway. He directed the national highway authorities to complete works as early as possible and set up signage that includes reflectors and rumble stripes. The land acquisition for the national highway across Kundapur is completed he said.
Strict action against buses that do not follow revised bus fares will be implemented and horns are misused, the DC directed the SP and RTO to take up regular checks. SP Annamalai said that out of 600 buses, 370 have been made to dismantle the compressed air horns.
This meeting saw about sixty cases, 48 were pertaining to new applications. At least eight cases were those adjourned from the previous meet, 3 cases are regarding license anomalies, one is a pending renewal. Twenty applications for new license were approved, eight were rejected and 14 were adjourned for the next hearing.
A case pertaining to license cancellation was adjourned for the next sitting, while one case of license renewal was approved. The deputy commissioner said as many as 75 cases were cleared in the first RTA meeting, while 60 cases in the second and 69 cases were disposed in the third RTA meeting. A total of 204 cases were sorted out till date.
The next meet is set to be on June 20, remaining 212 pending cases, 100 would be heard in the next RTA meeting. Udupi District Taximen’s Association General Secretary Ramesh Kotian said buses plying on routes other than permitted routes are posing a difficult situation to the taxis for hire. He alleged that even white board taxis venture into the business. There are nearly 700 white board taxis exist.
The DC assured to look into the matter. He directed the RTO to cancel the registration if buses are plying on the routes without permit. The other issues discussed in the meet include that the buses with permits for Kalsanka-Gundibailu road, that divert from the route, Seats reserved for women, senior citizens and disabled in the buses are not allotted to the right persons, conductors turn a blind eye.