There is no justification for the demand , says Rishi Raj Singh
Stringent action will be taken against buses without speed governors from October 3, Transport Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh has said. Mr. Singh was here to attend the Motor Vehicle Department adalat on Tuesday.
“The department is insisting on speed governors for ensuring safety of the public. Over-speeding is the main reason for accidents. The department can’t give more time for the bus operators to install speed governors. There is no justification for the demand to allot more time to implement a rule that was introduced before 11 years,” he said.
The demand for setting up service centres was raised only from Thrissur district, he noted. The department officials will start checking vehicles from October 3. Stringent action will be taken against violators,” he said categorically. An amendment was necessary to raise the age limit for driving heavy vehicles from 18 years to 20 years, he replied to a question.
He refuted allegations that agents were interfering in the business at the regional transport offices. He promised to take action if anybody submitted complaints with evidence.
In all, 30 complaints were received at the adalat of the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD)). Of the 30 complaints, 25 were from the general public. Most of the complaints were about timing of the buses. A few people complained that many bus conductors were refusing to give tickets.
Meanwhile, the bus owners alleged that bus operators from neighbouring States were behind the move to make speed governors mandatory. They alleged corruption in the entire deal and demanded an investigation.
In a complaint to the Transport Commissioner, they demanded more time to install speed governors as there was no service centres to repair them.
The bus owners complained that the commissioner didn’t even give a patient hearing to their grievances.
Addressing a Road Safety Seminar at Devamatha CMI Public School, Mr. Singh said there was provision in the law to cancel the licence of the two-wheeler riders if they fail to wear helmet.