The Haryana government on Wednesday approved a scheme that will allow individuals and private firms to hire buses from the state transport department on a kilometre basis.
This means Gurgaon would soon get its much needed city bus service. In the absence of an efficient public transport system, commuters and residents in Gurgaon depend on private vehicles. This has been clogging the city’s road network and causing frequent accidents. But these problems would soon be resolved to a large extent with the new bus hiring policy.
According to the policy, an individual, firm or society can hire a maximum of five buses registered with the state transport department. Preference would be given to old permit holders of buses. The government also plans to take the hiring process online for complete transparency.
Those hiring the buses will have to pay either per month or per day. The hiring rates will cover diesel, repair and maintenance charges, wages or salary of the driver, insurance charges and taxes payable under relevant legal sections and provisions. But, the hiring rates will exclude fees for permit, bus stand, toll/entry and passenger tax/special road tax.
The one hiring the buses will have to provide the biodata of drivers to ensure that the driver is below 55 years old and is not a dismissed or terminated employee of Haryana Roadways.
The state transport department will provide bus conductors. The owner of the bus shall have no operational control over the bus.