Andhra Pradesh

Another private bus driver booked for drunk driving, vehicle seized

Driver booked in Nandigama on Tuesday gets 10-day jail term, licence suspended

A day after the Nandigama police booked a private travel bus driver and cleaner for drunk driving, district transport officials conducted a special drive at Pottipadu on the Chennai-Kolkata highway late on Wednesday night.

They booked the driver of a contract carriage bus belonging to Varun Travels for driving under the influence of alcohol. The bus was heading to Visakhapatnam from Guntur. There were 40 passengers on board when the bus was stopped for checking. The driver was found having a blood alcohol content of 152 mg per 100 ml in the breath analyser test, Deputy Transport Commissioner E. Meera Prasad said. The permissible limit is 30mg.

Mr. Prasad said that another driver was arranged by the operator so that the journey of the passengers was not interrupted. The bus was seized after it reached Visakhapatnam and shifted to the Maddilapalem bus depot, he said.

“The driver will be produced before a court and the permit of the bus will be cancelled soon,” Mr. Prasad said.

70 vehicles checked

About 70 contract carriages heading towards Visakhapatnam were checked during the special drive and more such drives would be conducted, he said.

Meanwhile, Meka Bujji, the driver of Sri Venkata Padmavathi Travels, who was booked for drunk driving on NH in Nandigama, was sentenced to 10-day jail term by a local court. His driving licence was suspended for six months. The court also imposed a fine of ₹1,500 on him. The bus cleaner, and three others including car and bike riders, were also penalised by the court.

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