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Bus drivers taught lane discipline, fined

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 19, 2013
First Published: 00:18 IST(19/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(19/3/2013)

The Delhi Traffic Police has cracked down on bus drivers, major violators of lane discipline on Delhi’s roads.

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The campaign was launched on March 11 and an average of 150 buses daily were being prosecuted every day, the traffic police said.

Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said enforcing lane driving among buses would help other vehicles ply in their respective lanes.

“All buses, including DTC, cluster buses, buses run with state transport authority (STA) permits and chartered buses are being prosecuted,” said Shukla.

The traffic police are booking bus drivers for wrong overtaking and dangerous driving. For lane violations, bus drivers are slapped with a fine of R100 while for dangerous driving the fine is Rs. 1000.

The traffic police identified some strategic intersections where haphazard driving causes congestion, especially during morning and evening peak hours. These are: Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Connaught Place Outer Circle, Nehru Place, Barakhamba Road, Nizamuddin bridge, near Akshardham, Pragati Maidan, Ashram, Moolchand and National Highways among many other arterial roads witnessing heavy traffic movement.

Last year, the traffic police had conceptualised a drive to make lane violators drive the extra mile by marking lanes and segregating vehicles. However, it could not materialise.

“This time we will continue the drive till it is checked completely,” said a traffic officer.

According to the police, if buses follow lane discipline, other vehicles, especially the two-wheelers, also drive in their respective lanes.

This makes vehicular movement smoother on city roads and ensure dispersal of maximum vehicles in minimum time at intersections.


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