Special squads set up to check violations

Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Tuesday said that the department would ensure installation of emergency exits in all passenger vehicles and would recommend to the Union government amendments to the Central Motor Vehicle rules for installation of emergency exits in commercial passenger vehicles.

He was speaking to presspersons here after inaugurating a mega campaign for fuel conservation and a workshop on eco-friendly driving jointly organised by KSRTC, BMTC, Energy Conservation Centre of Japan and Petroleum Conservation Research Association.

Mr. Reddy said that the department has taken several initiatives after the October 30 bus carnage near Mahabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh involving a private tourist bus from Bangalore. He said that the department would ensure that a passenger vehicle is fitted with all safety equipment before issuing annual fitness certificate.

While the Joint Commissioner of Transport, Bangalore Urban, has been asked to study the cause of the accident, special squads are being constituted in each one of the regional transport office in the State to launch a continuous check on passenger vehicles.

The squads would ensure that no commercial goods are transported in passenger vehicles flouting the Central Motor Vehicle rules.

Also, every passenger vehicle operator has to mandatorily maintain trip-sheets containing all the details of passengers travelling in each trip. Copies of trip sheets have to be submitted to the State transport authority once in a quarter.

The Minister said that the department had undertaken a special checking drive of passenger vehicles from October 31 to November 4 and booked 414 cases after inspecting 735 passenger vehicles.

A sum of Rs. 1,54,915 was collected in fine during the special drive, under which 346 cases of permit condition violations and 32 cases of transportation of commercial goods were detected, he added.

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