Commercial vehicles in Delhi are allowed to have only one permit each.
But recently Delhi police have cracked a unique case of permit violation in which a Blueline bus operator, Virendra, had two permits in his possession. The matter came to light about a week ago when he was caught twice on a single day by traffic police for violating traffic rules.
On Saturday, police seized two permits for two different routes from him in two separate instances of violation of traffic norms, for picking up passengers in his bus (DL 1 PB 5073) from unauthorised stops. Later, it was established that neither of the permits was genuine. A criminal case has been registered against the owner, Maha Singh, and the operator. The duo will soon be sent to jail.
"This is a first-of-its-kind case of permit violation, in which a Blueline bus operator was carrying two permits for two different routes. This is the first time we have caught one person carrying two fake permits. We have lodged criminal cases against the owner and the operator in court," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The owner and operator had forged permits for two prominet routes — Route No. 501 (Saket to Mori Gate) and Route No. 512 (Ambedkar Nagar to Yusuf Sarai) — so that they could earn on both the routes. Actually, they did not have permission to run the bus on either. Transport department sources said that the permit for Route No. 501 expired in January, it was forged to show that it has been extended till June 15. The other permit was never issued by the department.
Earlier in March, the traffic police had impounded four Blueline buses from different areas in Delhi for plying on city roads with forged vehicle permits. Some of the drivers were also found driving without licences. Hindustan Times reported this on March 27.
"The forged permits look original. To deal with the matter, the transport department will share a complete database of authentic permit-holders' commercial vehicles with us, so that we can detect forged permits by comparing them with the originals," said Garg.