City Traffic Police imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) bus driver Murugan on Wednesday.
According to police, the Governor of Tamil Nadu K. Rosaiah, who is in the city since Tuesday for attending various functions, was returning to the Circuit House (PWD Traveller’s Bungalow).
Police who were busy clearing the route and fine-tuning the route-bandobust for the movement of the Governor’s convoy, found a TNSTC bus driver who was disobeying the signals by the police to stop.
The bus was also moving in the same direction in which the Governor’s convoy was proceeding.
The bus driver, despite having been asked by the police to move to the extreme road boundary, kept on moving his vehicle.
On noticing this, even superior officers cautioned him not to move further, but this was in vain.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic — holding additional charge of Law and Order), Pravesh Kumar overtook the bus and forced it to halt near the Avanashi Road — Circuit House junction.
Police clarified that the bus driver got near the convoy, which included a warning car, advance pilot, pilot, ring round, escort and rear escort and ambulance at the tail-end prior to a tail car.
However, if the driver had been allowed to proceed further, he would have definitely disrupted the convoy movement, hence it was decided to stop and fine him.
An officer in charge of road rule enforcement pointed out that violations and disobedience to police signals was quite common among bus drivers but for the first time a driver chose to violate signals during the movement of a Governor, who comes under the VIP/Protected Person category.