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300 Blueline buses grounded by police

Delhi Police impound the buses in the last three days and arrest drivers for driving recklessly, reports Abhishek Bhalla.
Hindustan Times | By Abhishek Bhalla, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2007 03:44 AM IST

The Delhi Police have impounded 300 Blueline buses in the last three days and even arrested drivers for driving recklessly.

This comes after a Blueline buses killed seven people last Sunday and crushed two more on Tuesday. The year’s total kill, till now, stands at 96.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Qamar Ahmed said, “We are zeroing in on buses whose permits have been cancelled and impounding them. Buses committing various violations are also not being spared.” This clearly suggests that buses with suspended or cancelled permits had been plying on the roads, under the “watchful” eyes of the enforcement agencies.

The police have also come to realise that they actually have the power to arrest drivers whose licenses have been cancelled. Under pressure from various quarters to end the killing spree of such buses, the police have now decided to work in unison with the transport department. “We will get a list of all such drivers and track them down. But this is a lengthy procedure and might take time. We will have to be patient,” added Ahmed.

They are arresting errant Blueline drivers for rash and negligent driving, a section earlier used only when an accident took place.

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