The Andheri regional transport office (RTO) seized two Arunachal Pradesh-registered sleeper coach buses for violating dimension norms this week.
According to officials, both the buses were longer than the maximum length stipulated by authorities to ensure that drivers can control them and hence, will not put the safety of passengers in jeopardy.
According to rule 93 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, the length of any bus should not exceed 12m. The first bus (AR 02 5888) seized by the Andheri RTO measured 13m, while the second bus (AR 11 281) was 12.5m. Besides the length norms, the buses also had more number of berths than allowed.
According to sources, the buses had 36 sleeper berths, when the rules say there should not be more than 30 .
A flying squad led by motor vehicle inspector Anandram Vagle took action against the buses. According to sources, both the buses have been detained in the RTO premises at Andheri, for non-compliance with the prescribed construction limitations under section 207of the Motor Vehicle Act and Rules.
Ideally, the buses built on a 12-m chassis should have a wheel base (distance between the front and rear wheels) of 6,200mm and their front and rear overhang must be 2,025-2,620mm and 3,180-3,544mm, respectively, according to RTO officials. The officials say the buses flouted the rear overhang norms.
Vagle said that the 13-m bus had an overhang of 4,400 mm, while the 12.5-m bus’ was 4,000mm, said officials.
According to sources, buses with excess length pose a risK to the driver as he or she could easily lose balance while driving up or down a slope. On sudden braking at high speed, the entire gravitational and altitudinal force of such buses get accumulated either on the front or rear side, depending on the orientation of the bus, making it difficult for drivers to control them.
The documents produced by bus staffers revealed that the 13-m bus is owned by Aboli tours and travels, Beed, while the other bus is registered in the name of Mira Road-based Chirag.
RTO officials are now trying to figure out the reason behind registering the buses at Arunachal Pradesh, The 13-m bus, officials say, was built in Bangalore in 2016.
Govind Saindane, RTO of Andheri ,confirmed the seizure of the buses, saying they are going to write to the authorities concerned. “We are writing to the Arunachal Pradesh RTO and based on their response, we will take a decision whether to cancel the vehicle’s registration,”said Saindane.