LENIENT ATTITUDE of traffic and local police has made drivers of heavy vehicles, especially those of UPSRTC buses, comfortable to drive rashly even on busy roads and use restricted routes at will.
Recklessly driven buses and trucks have caused a number of deaths in the city. The traffic police always monitor speed of cars and two-wheelers at different places but they have never penalised any truck or bus driver for crossing the speed limit within the city limits.
On the other hand, drivers of UPSRTC buses could be seen taking shorter route to reach the Faizabad Road, Sultanpur Road or Rae Bareli Road even during busy traffic hours. This leads to chaos on the congested roads like Ran Pratap Marg, Park Road and Loco workshop Road. The traffic constables on duty on these routes never raise objection on plying of buses on restricted routes.
SP (West) Onkar Singh, who is also looking after charge of SP (Traffic), said they talked to UPSRTC officials regarding the buses taking wrong routes. They would initiate penalising such vehicles soon and the concerned traffic cop would be taken to task if he did not challan the bus.