Mangaluru: Compol instructs bus owners, transport officials to end rash driving, pedestrian deaths

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (DV)

Mangaluru, Sep 27: "In the coming days, the drivers and conductors of the private and service buses, plying in the city will be penalized, in case of rash or negligent driving and resulting in the death of pedestrians or innocent individuals because of their negligent driving behavior without adhering to the Motor Vehicle Act. And they will also booked under IPC section 304," said the Mangaluru City Police Commissioner Anupam Agarwal.

He was chairing meeting organsied by the police department in collaboration with City Bus Owners Association and Regional Transport Authority (RTA) officials here at Commissioner's Office here on Wednesday, September 27.

Bus owners should ask their employees (conductors and drivers) to avoid negligent behavior with passengers and, the public and avoid rash driving.

Compol also asked the Regional Transport Officer Ravishankar to end the competition between private buses during their trips and picking people. "The RTA should ration the timings of buses. So, rash and negligent driving and loss of innocent public can be avoided. Because of competition for good cash collection innocent public are losing lives. Within 20 days bus owners' association and RTA should chalkout a concrete plans to stop the problem of rash and negligent driving and make the innocent public as victims of accidents", he siad.

He also said that the bus owners should display board footboards so that the public should not stand on the bus footboard and it will be punishable offense under the Motor Vehicle Act.

The commissioner also added that if the police department appoints home guards to control private buses in free-left areas, the Bus Owners' Association will provide salaries to them on their behalf. He also asked MCC and National Highway officials to identify the proper places for bus bays and bus stands within the city in coordination with the Bus Owners' Association before the next meeting.

The commissioner also added if any public falls from the footboard and becomes a victim of death, the bus conductor, driver, and bus owners shall be made as accused. The Bus Owners' Association should sensitize the public regarding this. If we all work together, we can put an end to such kind of untoward incidents.

In the case of private buses using shrill horns more than prescribed decibels under MVA, in such cases, licenses of drivers and permits of buses will be canceled, he added.

The buses in the city should travel as per the condition of the permit. If any violation is found stringent action will be taken. As many as 937 driving licenses were referred for cancellation. Nearly, 90 driving licenses have been canceled. In the last three years, 771 driving licenses have been canceled. In the coming days, if a violation takes place the number may increase, the commissioner added.

The police Commissioner also said that this meeting was organised to point out anyone but to bring out a concrete solution to the problem. Private buses in the city play a vital role in the transportation of the city along with its development. Private bus service facilities are an integral part of the development of the city.

Aziz Parthipady of the Bus Owners' Association said "For the past month owners of the buses have been in the field. We are directing students not to stand on the footboard. It is gradually changing. Bus Owners also asked drivers not to use the shrill horns and create awareness. And have asked conductors and drivers to act respectfully with senior citizens and students. Bus Owners' Association are immense effort for the behavioral change of conductors and drivers.

However, commissioner commented that it is not effectively implemented.

Dilraj Alva said, "If the RTA rationalization of timings, it will put a break to these problems. Rash driving will gradually come down," he said.

A journalist also complained that the conductors are complaining renewal of the Chalo Card is not possible by giving unnecessary reasons that are not valid.

Traffic cop Gopalakrishna Bhat complained that most of the bus owners do not know about their employees. They are not locals. They are issuing bus tickets properly. As the Labour Act is not applicable for bus conductors and drivers this has led to competition in picking up passengers. Most of the bus owners have given their buses for lease which has increased competition level and rash driving. Though it is clearly mentioned in the permit conditions of a few buses these buses are not supposed to enter the state bank, instead, they should turn from Hampankatte, Kottara and Mallikate, Mangaldevi but they are entering the state bank. As possible as owners should operate their buses, instead of giving them to lease.

Regional Transport Officer Ravishankar said that the undivided district is blessed with a good service of private buses. But, something is wrong here. It is a really painful thing. Everyone should join hands to find a solution to the problem. In MVA there are several sections to penalize in case of violation of rules. Cities like Pune and Hubli-Dharwad have separate lanes for private buses.

Adding to this commissioner asked RTO along with the Bus Owners' Association and Traffic cops to chalk out a permanent solution to end the killing of innocents through accidents.

DCPs Dinesh Kumar, Sidharth Goyal, and others were present.






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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 28 2023

    Is it so difficult to impose a speed limit inside every road inside the city limits? The police could not even instruct mandatory doors for city buses. Is there any other places where a automobile is allowed to run on public roads with doors open?

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 28 2023

    If you ask the people of DK , most of them would fully agree that they would like to take KSRTC buses instead of these Killer city buses who are a nuisance to the road users .They do more damage to us than taking us from Point A to B.

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  • Thomas, Udupi

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    First step for regulating and disciplining these private bus operators and owners, and to tackle and put this one major issue to rest, is for this new Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anupam Agarwal, is for himself take a ride in all these buses and routes and at different times of the day, as an ordinary citizen without much propaganda from random from bus stops from the city to the rural areas. In this manner he will get first hand experience and put forth his observance and suggestions to the Traffic Dept that is primarily responsible for issuing Licences to the operation of these private buses and the bus drivers. You cannot straighten a dog's tail straight in one meeting! This issue is very old and the law has never been able to contain nor control the issues relating to private public transportation in Mangalore and Udupi Districts.

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  • Rahul Joel D'almeida, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    Well now a days the conductors act like they are police 1. If they don't get proper change from the passenger they don't talk in the righ way 2. Both the conductor and the driver are on the phone most of the time when the bus is on the go or about to reach a bustand or depart from the bustand . Because of this they dont concentrate on the passenger getting down or bording the bus .and hence casualtys occur. 3. Installing camera's in the bus stands will be appreciated 4. If a student has bus pass and provide the same during travel.or when the conductor . They talk ruldy because they loose money . 5. If a student says CR in the designated time limits while travel to and from college the conductors talk rudely. 6. Kindly avoid making students stand on the door step during morning and evening hours and asking them to come up only when they see the police . This is unnecessarily puting the budding flowers life in danger . 7. Most important learn to give respect and take respect 8. Reporting such incidents then and then may also help reduce such issues

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    To avoid all these meeting and discussion, simply abolish the private bus mafia, and start Government buses in the twin districts of DK and Udupi. Then simply see the difference, DK and Udupi will be a better place not only to live but also to travel. YO YO. Old habits of drivers and conductors will never die. in districts of DK and Udupi.

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  • N S Shetty, Surathkal

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    Wanted to attend this meeting...Did not read about it anywhete ??!! The Police should act tough with the Errant Bus drivers....cause of many Accidents ,near or fatal . As I have always mentioned,it does not require Rocket science to understand this simple method....which should be enforced strictly.. 1 ) A passenger bus( Express,Service,City) should not be allowed to wait at Bustops for more time than necessary (drop Passenger,Pick up Passengers and move on..).. They tend to wait for a Minuite or Two at Major busstops and then speed away to maintain time at the next stop....during this time, they drive at breakneck speed,endangering their and other road users lives.. 2 ) Busstops less than 250 metres shouuld be scrapped. 3 ) Stopping of buses between stops should be penalised. 4 ) Plain clothed Policemen should be posted to track all these wrongs. 5 ) Horns and Lights should be checked.. 6 ) Bus regn. number and helpline number painted inside the Bus. 7 ) proper Bus Parking should be enforced. Lastly ensure that Drivers and Conductors are off the Paan Ghutka chewing...As they spit at every stop....

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  • Sameer, Kudroli

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    Previous commissioner was doing a great job, but after the death of conductor while he was travelling on footboard ,he had a strict meet with bus owners after that he was this commissioner has to handle it carefully and sort this or else we will soon forget this issue

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    Many people give suggestion, but no use, our RTO nd traffic department must take immediate action. When the road is blocked, they start over speed compititon and the accident occurred. What our GPS is doing??? It should be monitor everywhere and every minute.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    just kann katt..the only solution is for the buzdil public of land of monkeys to take out huge processions and press for govt bus far as private is there...the menace will never end

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    The police are working hard to bring it down but It won't work as long as buses are under competition & timings, the only way is to terminate pvt buses and introduce govt buses and that will take another millennia and since we don't have a international traffic system with regards to licensing and lane rules its far cry. now our leaders are doing their best after studying it from other countries. like how they introduced ' all time head light on' for two wheeler which was in Europe since a long time. road infrastructure and parking also plays a major role unfortunately our good police are now filling pot holes neglected by authorities ( bikarnakatte / nanthoor )

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    In case of accident bus should be siezed till judicial clearance is given, only then the owners or lease holders will hire right drivers and conductors who are safety vonsious. Also RTO should have liability to test and ceritfy bus drivers exclusively.

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  • SM, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 27 2023

    In the event of accident, vehicle should be seized until all compensation/ claims paid and case closed. Same should apply for drivers license

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