In a week-long drive against erring bus drivers and owners, traffic police have seized seven buses and challaned 125 for violations on the first two days of the exercise.
The traffic police launched the drive on Sunday from Botanical Garden metro station on the Delhi-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) Road.
Police said more than 60 buses belonging to the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) and the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have been fined, while 65 buses owned by private operators have been fined.
“These buses have been fined for offence of lane discipline. There are clear guidelines that the buses ferrying passengers will stop only at designated stops to drop and pick passengers. But all these buses stopped in the main carriageway,” said Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police,traffic, Noida.
The drive will continue till Saturday.
Police said the advisory to bus drivers of UPSRTC, DTC and private owners was issued a week ago as reminders, following the complaints of commuters.
“We chose Botanical Garden because of the bus stand here and the offence was found high on the main carriageway by bus drivers. DSC Road connects Delhi and Greater Noida via Noida’s prime locations such as Sector 15, 16 and 18. Our repeated reminders to these bus drivers by public announcement failed,” said Avinash Saini, assistant traffic inspector, Noida.
Following complaints by commuters, a team of city officials from the Noida authority, traffic police and city magistrate surveyed the DSC Road on July 31 and issued a warning to all bus drivers to follow road safety norms, which include parking of buses at earmarked sites, no over speeding and lane changing and no use of pressure horns.
Meanwhile, city traffic police have appealed to the Noida authority to put overhead barriers at places on the DSC Road near the two ends of the Botanical Garden metro station, to prevent buses from entering the area along the main carriageway to pick up and drop passengers.
“Overhead barriers would help manage traffic near the Botanical Garden metro station. We are trying our best to improve traffic on DSC Road,” said Singh, SP, traffic.