The Delhi Police seem to be taking it easy when it comes to taking action on Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses that run amok on city streets. DTC buses have already crushed as many as 40 people this year.
Though the Motor Vehicle Act prescribes a Rs 2,000 fine and vehicle confiscation for violation of permit conditions, the police are soft while dealing with DTC buses.
Over the past seven months, the traffic police have issued 2,623 challans to DTC buses for permit violation, but have impounded only 234 vehicles.
The traffic police, however, hardly settle for anything less when it comes to dealing with other vehicles for permit violation.
Again when the traffic police found out that speed governors in many buses were tampered with, they made no effort to book the errant drivers.
All they did was to write to DTC authorities, asking them to look into the matter.
After auto-rickshaws and taxis, DTC buses violate permit conditions the most.
“It is true that we hardly impound DTC buses. If we always impound DTC buses for permit violation, commuters will suffer,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
Sources, however, said since the DTC is run by the Delhi government, the police take a softer stance.
After the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedic on December 16 in a moving chartered bus in Delhi, the transport department had made it mandatory for all buses, including DTC, to display the department’s helpline number, vehicle’s registration number and photograph, address and contact details of drivers.
Conducting a special drive since July 31, the traffic police challaned 649 DTC buses for violating permit conditions, Shukla said.
Official data show DTC buses have claimed 40 lives till July 15 this year when compared to 34 during the same period in 2012.
The traffic police said that while DTC buses violate all kinds of traffic norms, fatal accidents take place due to dangerous driving, speeding, lane jumping and ignoring traffic signals.