Jolted by another death in an accident involving a Blueline bus, the Delhi government on Sunday decided that permits of all the buses involved in fatal accidents will be cancelled.
“This is being done to check deaths on the roads along with rash and negligent driving,” Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said.
The minister said cancelling permits is the most severe step to check the erring drivers and owners of the buses. <b1>
The government also decided to reintroduce the kilometer (KM) scheme for the Blueline buses in the city and to ply them under the guidance of the well-trained Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) staff.
“The perception of the commuters is that DTC services are much better. We are introducing this scheme so that Bluelines have staff from the DTC and do not go berserk on the roads,” Yusuf told the Hindustan Times.
The kilometre scheme
The KM scheme lays down that the Blueline buses will operate under the DTC and follow its timetable. It will have conductors from DTC, while drivers will be employed by bus owners. The bus owners with the permit will get a fixed amount depending on the distance covered by the bus in a day.
“The scheme will be optional. We hope to bring a lot of Blueline permit-holders in this scheme,” said Yusuf. He added that several permit-holders have sub-contracted their buses and the KM scheme would end this practice.
The KM scheme was prevalent in the city until 2001. The permits of 600 buses cancelled on Friday were “deposited permits”, the minister said. This means that the buses were not plying on the roads.
The government will invite bids for 2,000 low-floor buses by the end of this month. “We want the buses in the DTC fleet as early as possible to phase out the Bluelines,” the minister said.