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WhatsApp pictures of UP bus drivers on phone while driving, earn cash reward

A reward of Rs1,000 has been announced for passengers who send the pictures

noida Updated: Jun 10, 2017 23:05 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
Ghaziabad,UP State Road Transport Corporation,UPSRTC
Twenty-four people were charred after a UPSRTC bus caught fire on National Highway 24 in Bareilly around 1am on Monday.(HT Photo)

After a major accident involving a UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus in Bareilly in which 24 persons were killed, the UPSRTC officials have announced a reward to passengers who will inform them about any driver speaking on the phone while driving.

At least 24 people were charred and several others injured when a UPSRTC bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on National Highway 24 in Bareilly around 1am on Monday. The bus was going from New Delhi to Gonda depot in central Uttar Pradesh. The bus driver was reportedly speeding past a junction, resulting in the collision.

The instructions the UP roadways headquarters came in the wake of the accident. The roadways officials announced a reward of Rs1,000 to passengers who click such pictures and WhatsApp it to officials on the given number.

“The driver will be fined Rs5,000. After rewarding the passenger, the remaining amount of Rs4,000 will be deposited in the corporation’s account. The idea behind the instructions is to reduce accidents. For that, we will also hold group sessions with drivers and conductors and educate them about safety measures that they need to take,” said PK Bose, regional manager, UP roadways, Ghaziabad region.

The other directions also include termination of contract of drivers involved in fatal accidents after an inquiry. The guidelines have also recommended a compulsory annual eye test of drivers in Kanpur.

“The drivers will also be sent for a road safety programme. The idea is to reduce number of road accidents and loss of lives. The regional officials have also been instructed to check if wipers, speedometers and other equipment are in working condition,” Bose said.

The roadways runs 990 buses from Ghaziabad, including 42 Scania and Volvo buses.

First Published: Jun 10, 2017 22:49 IST