Blueline bus drivers face the music, 578 fined

July 31st, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Over 500 private Blueline bus drivers have been fined for playing loud music while driving, the police said Thursday. “They play loud music while driving on roads, causing annoyance and nuisance to the passengers. It also causes embarrassment and harassment of female passengers travelling in the buses,” said S.N. Srivastva, joint commissioner of police.

The private Blueline buses have earned the notoriety by killing at least 50 people on Delhi roads this year alone.

“In addition, playing of music in these buses also distracts the attention of the drivers causing accidents or develop tendency to speed,” he added.

He said a total of 578 bus drivers were prosecuted till July 15 for playing loud music.

Srivastva said the traffic police would launch a special drive from Aug 1.

The officials would take strict action, under the motor vehicle rules, against people playing music at high volume in Blueline buses and private cars or using DVD screen in the front panel.

“There are orders to remove such devices, and failing this strict legal action will be taken. A fine of Rs.100 for first offence and Rs.300 for the second or subsequent offence would be imposed,” he said.

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