Pvt buses turn killers, 12 cases of reckless driving in Ludhiana this year

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 15:55 IST
Congress and Aam Aadmi Party leaders and Badowal residents blocked Ferozepur Road after the accident, which claimed two lives, on Thursday. (JS Grewal/HT Photo)

Private bus companies in Ludhiana have earned the tag of killer buses due to their involvement in accidents.

A father-son duo was crushed to death by a bus owned by Dabwali Transport Company on Thursday raising the issue again.

As the bus companies are owned by the ruling party politicians, police have developed cold feet in acting against them. And the menace of reckless driving by private bus drivers is continuing on the roads.

As many as 12 cases of reckless driving leading to death have been reported in the city this year. Most buses do not have speed governors, despite the apex court orders. Punjab government did not take the directions seriously and failed to ensure its implementation.

Leena Thapar, president of Mahila Congress Wing (urban), Ludhiana, said, “Drivers of these buses drive recklessly and there is no one to keep a check on them. Families are being wrecked for life and these private buses are turning into moving coffins on roads. Drivers are endangering lives of commuters and passengers for financial gains,” said.

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