Even as cops claim to have tightened the noose on traffic offenders, this seems to have had no effect on rash driving and speeding of vehicles. Walking on pedestrian way, crossing roads and driving on city roads are activities fraught with danger as vehicles, especially private buses, do not abide by speed limits. This is more common at busy junctions of the city.
The traffic authorities have turned a blind eye as only 34 buses were challaned for speeding in 2016. Of these 34 buses, 80% were private buses. A lackadaisical approach of the traffic authorities to rein in private bus drivers who indulge in speeding can be gauged from the fact that only 34 challans were issued to buses out of 10,761 speeding challans in 2016. According to data from the district transport department, in 2017, only one bus has been challaned for speeding to date (two and a half months).
Commuters on Link Road, areas adjacent to the city bus stand, Ferozepur Road, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Jagraon Bridge, Gill Road and Samrala Chowk, among others, are mainly affected by this menace especially after a spate of road accidents in the past one year. Apart from these busy junctions in the city, the nuisance of speeding private buses is also spotted on Chandigarh Road, Ferozepur Road and on national highway 1 where drivers ply rashly, displaying scant regard for traffic rules.
The traffic authorities claim that they have installed speed guns at busy junctions in the city and issue challans against drivers who cross the permissible speed limit. “If that really was the case, why hasn’t the frequency of speeding buses decreased?” said a source from Punjab Roadways, who did not wish to be named.
Raman, a daily commuter on Ferozepur Road, said, “These speeding buses pose serious risk to pedestrians and even passengers waiting at bus stops by deliberately halting in the middle of the road for passengers to get on and off the bus. There is some order when cops deployed at light points ask these drivers to move their buses but the issue remains largely unaddressed.”
Another commuter from Mullanpur, said, “When any commuter confronts the drivers, they (along with the conductor and other staff) often start arguing with you in the middle of the road causing the traffic behind them to stop.”
KILLER BUSES OF 2016
October 18: Five members of a family killed as car collides with PRTC bus in Dehlon
June 15: Jujhar transport bus runs over fruit seller on Ferozepur Road
June 12: Jujhar transport bus crushes two sisters aged 12 and 7 in Jagraon
May 15: Speeding bus runs over 32-year-old man on Tajpur Road
May 10 : Four labourers killed, 10 injured as bus hits tractor trolley on national highway near Beeja village in Khanna
May 5: Two men on motocycle critically injured as speeding Jujhar transport bus hits them at Bharat Nagar Chowk
April 21 : 75-year-old man killed after being run over by same bus that he alighted from outside Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar ISBT