Court pulls up Delhi’s Blueline bus owners

July 29th, 2008 - 11:04 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) A city court Tuesday pulled up owners of Blueline buses even as it awarded a compensation of Rs.155,000 to a victim’s family. The court asked insurance companies to redraft their policies in a manner that would put the burden of paying compensation to accident victims on the owners of Blueline buses.

The menace of the rogue buses does not stop and they go on killing mercilessly helpless victims on the unsafe roads of Delhi as the law as well as conditions of insurance policies let them (bus owners to escape any penalty) off easily, said Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma.

Coming down heavily on Blueline (private) buses, the court said: “In accident cases, the accused gets bail within a few hours and insurance companies pay compensation to the (victim) while the real gainer is always the bus owner who gets his vehicle released and starts plying it again on road.”

“The most disturbing trend in such matters, when Blueline buses cause fatal accidents, is the insensitivity and inhuman approach of the drivers of such buses…who do not even bother to stop the buses on seeing the victims lying dead or injured on road,” the order stated.

The court passed these observations while deciding the claim of 70-year-old Munni, whose son Deepak Mishra was crushed to death Dec 23, 2006, by a Blueline bus being driven in a rash and negligent manner by Narender Kumar at Paharganj.

It directed the National Insurance Company Ltd to pay a compensation of Rs.155,000 to Munni, a resident of Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.

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