Taking cognisance of recurring road accidents in the state, the transport department has bit the bullet and decided to phase out 10-year-old buses.Transport minister GS Bali said the department would amend the rules of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1939, and ensure that buses plying on roads should not be more than 10 years. "This will be implemented both in government as well as private sector," said Bali, while addressing mediapersons here.
He said the department would move the proposal in the cabinet to rename the transport department as the department of road safety and transport. "Road safety is our prime concern, besides increasing transport facility to the people," he said.
In the wake of the recent accident in Bilaspur in which 25 people were killed, Bali said the bus was overloaded. "People should be made aware of road safety. In that bus, nearly 40 passengers were travelling against its total capacity of 23," he said.
He said he had learnt that the driver possessed fake licence. "I have spoken to the district administration of Una and enquired about the fake licence," he said.
Bali said the department had decided to empanel the stage carriers' driver with it and to issue a badge to empanelled driver. After the amendment in rules of the Motor Vehicle Act, hill driving licences endorsement would be mandatory.
In order to train the drivers in a better way, Bali said syllabus of driving school would be reviewed and trainees would be given one month's training of crisis management.
The transport department has sought a report from all sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) about the need of buses. "SDMs will submit their reports within 75 days and after that new routes will be allocated," he said.
Bali launches Intelligent Road Transport System
Bali on Tuesday launched Intelligent Road Transport System (IRTS) to keep a check on buses plying on different routes. This is a GPS system installed in 1,000 buses and would keep a tab on speed, diesel consumption, overloading and technical snag.
The system would tell the exact location of the bus and passenger sitting on bus stand could plan about his journey well in time, Bali said, adding that the system was covering HRTC buses but it was proposed to extend in private buses as well.
Meanwhile, RN Batta, director, transport, said the system would be connected to the ticket machines which would inform the head office about overloading. If any bus driver was found doing overspeeding, a message would be generated to the regional manager (RM) automatically.
Bali inaugurates bus adda management authority office
Bali on Tuesday inaugurated office of bus adda management authority at Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Tutikandi. He said transport official would sit there and work would be expedited on bus stands proposed at different locations.