Regional Transport Workplaces (RTO) in Maharashtra have taken motion in opposition to greater than three,000 personal buses for alleged violation of security guidelines and different norms, a prime authorities official mentioned on Monday. The personal buses confronted motion throughout a 12-hour-long particular drive launched by the transport division over the past weekend.
State transport commissioner Avinash Dhakane, addressing a press convention at his workplace right here, mentioned his division has taken motion in opposition to three,062 personal buses for violation of security guidelines and different norms.
Of those, 213 buses had been detained through the particular drive that was undertaken between Saturday night and Sunday morning, he mentioned.
Dhakane mentioned the drive was undertaken within the wake of a bus accident wherein the health certificates of the personal car concerned was discovered to have expired. The accident came about at Kashedi Ghat on the busy Mumbai-Goa freeway lately.
The division goes to take such “shock checks” sooner or later, too, to make sure security of passengers, he mentioned.
In line with Maharashtra Motor Autos Division officers, they’ve issued memorandums (memos) to three,062 autos through the drive.
Of those, 213 autos are detained for numerous violations such expiry of health certificates, working with out allow and non-payment of highway tax, amongst others, they mentioned.
The utmost detained autos had been beneath the Thane RTO jurisdiction, they mentioned, including the division additionally seized many Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh registered buses plying in Maharashtra with out correct passenger carriage permits.
Dhakane mentioned they’d maintained utmost secrecy in regards to the drive to make it efficient and over 600 officers of various ranks participated within the operation.
The division had organized state transport buses to ferry passengers in case personal autos wherein they had been travelling had been detained for violating security guidelines, he mentioned.
Maharashtra has 50 Regional Transport Workplaces.
“A very powerful goal of the drive was to examine if buses had been match for ferrying passengers. The opposite functions included to search out out if they’ve paid taxes,” the state transport commissioner mentioned.
“Hundreds of passengers journey on these buses and therefore caring for their security is our accountability,” Dhakane mentioned.
Nonetheless, personal bus operators claimed the division performed the particular drive by flouting Motor Autos Act provisions about not checking buses between sundown and dawn to keep away from inconvenience to passengers.
Due to this fact, they’ve written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Transport Minister Anil Parab highlighting the problem and itemizing their grievances.
Dhakane, nonetheless, refuted their declare and mentioned most buses on inter-city routes begin journey within the night time and attain their vacation spot early within the morning.
“Does it imply we should always not examine any bus plying within the night time regardless of violation of norms associated to passenger security?” he requested.