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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, July 13, 2013
Haryana director general, transport Arun Kumar on Thursday suggested constitution of a joint committee of officials of Haryana roadways and representatives of workers union to ascertain whether Delhi Police was correctly challaning state transport buses. Kumar gave these suggestions in a meeting with Haryana Roadways Workers Union in response to a demand that government should bear the cost of challans on account of rash driving, over-speeding, wrong parking and other traffic rule violations by drivers in Delhi.

Roadways staff had protested against challaning by Delhi police and even refused to take the buses to the national capital.

He said it was not possible to meet the demand of employees' union that challans by Delhi Police for various violations be paid by the state government and not by the driver concerned. He said the state government cannot encourage traffic rule violations and therefore acceptance of demand was not possible. He said safe driving was a pre-condition of driving license, which needed to be obeyed.

Kumar suggested that the Haryana Roadways employees create a corpus fund, by contributing a day's salary for payment of excessive challans by Delhi Police. Defiance by workers' union and any misbehavior with passengers by the roadways staff would invite strict action, he said.