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Drive against footboard travel continues in city

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Stern action:A traffic police officer imposing fine on a bus conductor in the city for allowing passengers to travel on the footboard.-Photo: M. Periasamy
Stern action:A traffic police officer imposing fine on a bus conductor in the city for allowing passengers to travel on the footboard.-Photo: M. Periasamy

City Police continued their drive against footboard travel for the second day on Wednesday.

On orders from Commissioner of Police A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Pravesh Kumar, more personnel were deputed on Tuesday.

Conductors of nine TNSTC buses and 32 private buses were fined Rs. 100 each under Section 177 of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Act, for permitting footboard travel. Police sources said that in the event of the crew not mending their ways, steps would be taken in association with the Transport Department for invoking Section 192 A of the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicle Act, wherein action could be initiated on the permit of the bus for violating the permit condition by allowing more passengers than the permitted seating and standing capacity.

In addition to bringing road discipline and reducing fatalities on the road, police also booked various other violations on almost all arterial roads. As many as 46 cases of overloading school children in autorickshaws and vans were booked under Section 190 (A).

As many as 37 cases of rash driving were booked and a fine of Rs 1,000 was levied on each offender. There were 23 cases of drunken driving for which the penalty was Rs 1,000 each. Seventy-nine cases of overspeeding were booked besides 32 cases for using cellular phones while riding a two-wheeler or driving a four-wheeler.

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