Stopping outside bus bays common; police to launch another special drive
APSRTC might belong to the government, but when it comes to flouting traffic rules, it seems second to none. From jumping signals to stopping outside the designated bus bays, some of the buses have been inviting ‘challans' from the traffic police, yet traffic violations continue unabated.
Taking cognizance of this, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) C.V. Anand informed The Hindu that his department would soon conduct another drive to keep in check the violations. “Many challans have been issued to the APSRTC,” said Mr. Anand. “Some of them have been paid; some of them have not been paid.”
Six months back, the city traffic police announced a special drive to keep in check APSRTC and auto-rickshaw drivers flouting traffic rules. The drive lasted three weeks.
Soon after, the traffic police coordinated with the GHMC, and ensured the erection of barricades, permanent and temporary, depending on the feasibility, at different bus bays in the city. Road users were naturally relieved. Now, we wouldn't have the problem of buses stopping right in the middle of the roads, they assumed.
However, that was not to be. Barring the initial avidity, when traffic police actively monitored and ensured that the buses stuck to the bays, things were soon back to normal.
Worse, the permanent barricades erected at a few places have, in turn, proved to be a hindrance to the traffic flow as bus drivers were finding it convenient to stop on the main road itself rather than manoeuvre their vehicle in to the bay. Caught unawares, the other vehicles were neither able to go through the bus bay area, nor overtake the buses that halt on the main road. While RTC drivers blame auto drivers and other private vehicles with parking in the designated bus bays, it does not always seem to be the case.
Added to traffic woes of the city are blatant signal jumping by some RTC buses. “Even when the amber flicks to red, buses hurry past the signals. It is okay if the smaller cars or two wheelers jump traffic signals but when something the size of a bus skips them, it leads to total mayhem. Everyone coming in the other direction is forced to stop till the bus passes by,” points out M. Sudhakar, software professional.
Mr. Anand also points to the increasing incidents of bus breakdowns at busy thoroughfares in the city. “We are planning to meet with the MD (Managing Director, APSRTC) and discuss it with him.”