The state government has banned notorious Vikram tempos in Noida and Greater Noida by pressing its own buses as a substitute.
All the Vikram tempos with seating capacity of seven passengers stand banned within the territory of the two towns.
The Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Ghaziabad, has started cancelling permits of nearly all 700 vehicles which have been given choice to ply on certain other routes.
The decision to ban them was taken at an RTA meeting presided over by the chairman and divisional commissioner of Meerut on September 30.
Following this the transport authorities started cracking down on seven-seat tempos.
Principal Secretary (Transport) Pankaj Agrawal said the decision was taken to rid the towns of frequent jams and accidents caused by overloaded vehicles.
“There were complaints that Vikram tempos carried 15-20 passengers against their capacity of only seven,” he said.
The government has introduced nearly 200 additional buses of the UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and increased the frequency of trips of the existing ones to fill in the gap.
“We have introduced 175 good quality additional UPSRTC city buses to cater to the needs of the people,” said Agrawal.
He claimed the feedback he was regularly getting from there was quite encouraging and people were happy with the new arrangement.
Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Ghaziabad, Lalji Chaudhari, said the work of cancellation of permits of Vikram tempos was underway.
He is also the secretary of the RTA.