The Delhi traffic police will no longer turn a blind eye to speeding DTC buses. Soon, the traffic department will launch a massive drive to check if all DTC buses are installed with speed governors and if these monitors are functional.
Reports about speeding DTC buses during non-peak hours, especially in the morning when children go to schools, prompted the traffic police to plan stern action against the erring buses.
"Last week, we issued a letter to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to immediately install speed governors to all their buses including the 574 buses that were given speed-relaxation as these were pressed into Commonwealth Games duty," said Ajay Chadha, special commissioner of police (traffic).
"If any DTC bus is found on Delhi streets plying without a speed governor, or with a tampered one, stern action will be taken against it. As per Supreme Court directive, these buses may face suspension of permit," Chadha warned.
The Court carved out an exception for this fleet after the government expressed security concerns. This relaxation was given for a period between September 15 and October 20.
Speed governor does not allow buses to ply at a speed higher than 40 km per hour. But, according to a senior traffic police officer, in several DTC buses the speed governors are tampered ones, which is why these ply at higher speed.