Traffic police to crack down on DTC buses

September 5, 2013

Subhendu Ray |

Police say they will start impounding DTC buses to end ‘killing spree’

NEW DELHI: Deviating from their earlier ‘softer’ stance, Delhi Police have decided to start impounding DTC buses for dangerous driving — a major reason for fatal accidents on city roads.

This year, DTC buses have already claimed 50 lives in the Capital.

On Tuesday, violence erupted in Govindpuri area in south Delhi after a DTC bus killed a 15-year-old student. Sixteen DTC buses were damaged after students went on the rampage.

Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said, “Enough is enough. We cannot sit idle and let people die under the wheels of DTC buses. We will soon start impounding such buses for dangerous driving and accidents.”

Following a direction from the Delhi High Court early this year, Delhi Police had adopted a strategy of not impounding DTC buses unless they were involved in major accidents. The court had said impounding buses would cause major inconvenience to thousands of commuters.

The traffic police issued challans to 8,590 DTC drivers this

(*till September 3) year of which 3,704 were fined for dangerous driving. they impounded 299 vehicles and arrested 569 drivers so far.

“Indiscipline among DTC drivers while driving is increasing. We will take up the matter with the high court,” a senior traffic police officer said.

On Wednesday, DTC authorities suspended SC Sharda, manager, Srinivaspuri depot. A bus (DL-1P-6475) from this depot had mowed down a student on Tuesday. The transport corporation said they had suffered damages worth R6 lakh and were going to lodge an FIR for damaging government property.


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