The regional transport authority (RTA) in Patiala has ordered all district transport officers (DTOs) and other monitoring agencies to ensure that all buses enter bus stands to drop and lift passengers. The order said that surprise checks will also begin soon in this regard.
The local RTA office controls overall transport services, including issuance and renewal of permits to buses and trucks in the areas including Ropar, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, Sangrur and Barnala districts.
Regional transport officer (RTO) Gurmeet Singh said that the orders were issued following several complaints that most private buses did not operate from bus stands. By doing so, he said, they not only endanger lives of passengers, but also add to traffic chaos and increase the risk of accidents.
“This also results in loss of revenue to the government as these operators siphon off user charges by not entering bus stands,” he said.
The problem, he added, existed mainly among private bus operators, who often violate rules for managing maximum number of passengers.
“In view of such violations, we have strictly asked all DTOs and traffic officials to ensure the compliance of the orders and report such violations to the RTA so that punitive action can be taken against the violators,” he said.
District transport officer (DTO) Gurpreet Singh Thind said that this problem widely existed in those areas where bus stands are away from the main roads and bus operators are in the habit of not going to the bus stands. “I have already circulated the order from the RTA office and taken steps to ensure its compliance,” he said.
Opening of driving test tracks
The driving test tracks in Patiala and Partran, built at a cost of nearly `1 crore, will be inaugurated on April 21, said Thind. These tracks, said Thind, would effectively test the applicant’s ability to drive before the issuance of driving licence. The applicant has to successfully maneuver the vehicle on road curves, through an overpass, negotiating T-intersections and intersections. He said while the facility in Patiala was fully ready, the construction work of a link road was under process in Patran driving test track and will be completed on time.