Even if a Blueline bus is not involved in an accident, a driver can now be arrested on charges of driving dangerously. The police said offenders will be arrested under Section 279 (rash and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code. Earlier, the section was used only when an accident took place, the police said.
“Earlier, we were prosecuting offenders under the Motor Vehicles Act, but now we have decided to arrest offenders under the IPC to act as a strong deterrent for reckless drivers. We will be on the lookout for buses and trucks late at night,” said Qamar Ahmed, JCP, Traffic. Police records on Bluelines are startling. They have impounded 9,268 Bluelines this year, more than double the number of the fleet. In other words, it means that on an average, every Bluleine in the city had been impounded at least twice. With 814 buses being prosecuted for plying with tampered speed governors, Blueline bus owners seem to be fearless about the authorities. Now, the police are tracing past offenders whose licences had been suspended. “We would try and trace them to ensure that they have not driving,” Ahmed said.
Buses with suspended permits are also plying on the roads. Now, the police plan to impound all such buses till the period of suspension.