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Bengal govt to ban use of mobiles while driving post Murshidabad bus tragedy

The West Bengal government has decided to ban the use of mobile phones while driving following the bus tragedy in Murshidabad which claimed 42 lives.

kolkata Updated: Jan 30, 2018 21:57 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Kolkata
Bengal,Bengal Bus tragedy,Murshidabad
Rescue works underway on the second consecutive day on Tuesday after a public bus fell into the Bhairab river from a in Murshidabad district.(PTI)

The West Bengal government has decided to ban the use of mobile phones while driving following the bus tragedy in Murshidabad which claimed 42 lives.

Flouting the rule would attract fine and suspension, officials of the state transport corporations said on Tuesday.

The decision was taken following a reported statement by a couple of passengers of the ill-fated bus who claimed that the driver was talking over his mobile phone while driving and lost control over the vehicle.

The bus had rammed into the railing of the bridge before falling into a canal in Murshidabad district’s at Balirghat yesterday killing 42 passengers and injuring eight.

South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) chairman Tamonash Ghosh told the PTI that the rule will be implemented immediately and drivers would be suspended and fined if they were found using mobile phones while on duty.

The same measures would be taken if drivers and conductors are found drunk while on duty, he said adding SBSTC would soon start installing CCTVs in all its buses to ensure that the rule was followed strictly.

“We currently have CCTVs installed in 120 buses out of a total 600. We will soon complete installing CCTVs in the rest of the buses. This will help us in keeping a tab of the behaviour of the drivers,” Ghosh said.

North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC) chairman Mihir Goswami said a directive has been sent to every division regarding banning the use of mobile phones by drivers while on the driving seat.

“The suspension will be for at least three to four months followed by a probe. If found guilty strict action will be taken,” Goswami said and urged people to come forward and help them nab drivers who were found flouting the rule.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 21:57 IST