Court concerned over rising bus accidents, seeks report

July 23rd, 2008 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed concern over the increasing number of road accidents in the capital involving buses and sought a report from the police about measures taken to check the trend. A division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar asked Delhi Police to file a comprehensive report as to why accidents caused by private Blueline buses and vehicles of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) had not been curtailed despite directions.

The report is to be submitted by July 30, the next date for hearing.

Mukta Gupta, counsel for Delhi Police, told the court that about 40 accidents involving buses had taken place so far this year.

Gupta also said that rash driving and competition between buses plying on the same route were the main reasons behind the increasing number of road accidents.

The court also asked the central government to fix at the earliest a compensation amount to be given to the victims of Blueline buses accidents, taking suo motu note of a report in a national daily last year on the rising number of deaths on the city roads.

In the report, the daily quoted traffic police statistics that almost every Blueline bus was challaned at least 20 times for offences like rash driving and over-speeding in 2007, but this had failed to make drivers mend their ways.

However, the figures for DTC buses were much less, the report said quoting the survey.

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