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Badges made mandatory for state bus drivers, conductors

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, January 18, 2013
First Published: 01:15 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:19 IST(18/1/2013)

After a minor was molested in a Haryana Roadways bus, the state transport department has made it mandatory for drivers and conductors to carry badges bearing their job titles and names.

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Under provisions of the Haryana Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993, it is mandatory for drivers and conductors of stage carriage or contract carriage vehicles to display badges issued to them by the concerned licensing authority.

Director General, Transport, Sumita Misra said it has been observed that drivers and conductors of such vehicles are following the said guidelines. In many cases, she said, badges are not being obtained or even issued.

A 17-year-old BSc student who was molested in a moving bus was not able to identify the bus driver and conductor by their names as they were not wearing badges. The police officials could trace the duo for questioning with the help of the bus registration number.

"Therefore, a written communication has been sent to all secretaries of the regional transport authorities urging them to take action and issue badges to the crew of public service vehicles plying in their respective areas. The identity cards should follow the form and specifications contained in the first schedule of the Haryana Motor Vehicles Rules, 1993," Misra added. The badge should also clearly bear the word 'driver' or 'conductor' with an identification number.

She said that the concerned authorities have been urged to adhere to instructions in letter and spirit.

Officials have also been asked to send a compliance report to the office of the transport commissioner.

Roadways staff apologise to minor

The driver and conductor of a Haryana Roadways bus who had refused to help a minor when she was being molested by a youth on Tuesday were brought to the girl's college to apologise on Wednesday.

The general manager of Jhajjar Roadways, Dhanraj Kundu, came to the college around 1pm with a representative of the Jhajjar staff union.

The roadways official and staff stayed in the college for an hour and assured that such incidents will not be repeated.

According to the complaint, the girl was on her way to college on Tuesday when a co-passenger groped her. She protested but when the accused did not relent, she slapped him. Instead of helping her, the bus staff blamed her for wearing provocative clothing and creating a scene. On reaching college, the victim submitted a written complaint to her college principal, Ashok Diwakar, who discussed the matter with the Gurgaon police.


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