Court tips on traffic scenario after Blueline buses exit

March 3rd, 2011 - 11:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Thursday ordered the complete phaseout of privately-owned Blueline buses, blamed for accidents in the capital, by June 2012. It also gave suggestions to government agencies to improve the capital’s traffic and transport scenario.

The court allowed 328 Blueline buses whose permits have not expired till date to keep plying. But these buses will gradually go off the roads, as their permits expire, in a phased manner every month uptill June 2012.

Some important suggestions made by the court are:

* The Delhi government should ensure 11,000 public transport buses on the roads, as per requirement of the public.

* Complete fleet as soon as possible, as it is expected that the by the end of 2011, commuters using public transport may go up to 2.9 million. Other modes of public transport can also share the load.

* Use feeder bus services for last mile connectivity to Delhi Metro stations and the “Gramin Sewa” service to provide transportation to rural and congested areas unsuitable for buses.

* A driver of a public transport bus has to qualify a test. Lack of basic qualification can lead to unexpected behaviour and in some cases even undesirable behaviour.

* A driver should be kept on probation for a specified period and his behaviour and driving should be closely watched by the supervisor staff of the DTC or the state transport authority (STA). A record of his traffic offences should be maintained.

* Not more than 2-3 buses should reach a bus stand at one point of time. This information should be sent to the traffic police and other enforcing agencies.

* The STA shall ensure that the private bus operators, likely to be engaged under the proposed cluster bus scheme in which a bunch of routes would be allotted to bus owners, should carry a photograph of the licencee. This will prevent illegal trade in licences to operate private public transport buses.

* Traffic police should monitor traffic as they did during the Commonwealth Games 2010.

* The working hours of bus drivers should be fixed. There were complaints that Blueline bus drivers were driving for over 18 hours a day.

* The DTC should make proper bus stands.

* Private bus operators should not be permitted to employ minor boys as staff.

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