Vijayawada: Road Transport Authority (RTA) officials conducted a special drive across the state on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The RTA officials booked 54 cases against private travels buses for various violations including drunk driving.
The raids were conducted in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Anantapur among other places along with National Highways.
The RTA officials intercepted 374 buses and conducted checks. The officials found various violations of permit norms from not paying tax to changing the layout of seats and also not having second driver in long distance travel buses.
While checking the private buses, officials noted that most private travel buses take a contract carriage (CC) permit, but are running as stage carriers. This is a classic violation that has been going unabated for decades, informed one of the officials.
A senior official said on condition of anonymity that according to law they can impose Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 fine on the permit violations and it has become a routine for transport officials as well as travel operators to pay the fine in the first week of every month.
“It has become like giving permission to flout the norms over a period of time instead of imposing fine as the travels operators do not mind paying the fine therefore they are paying it every month” said the official.
Apart from violating the permit norms, officials found four buses running without paying any tax. Four other buses did not have second driver in place. According to norms the long distance travel buses where travel time exceeds eight hours, must have second driver.
On Tuesday night, the RTA officials have seized 54 buses for various violations. Buses from all major private travel operators are found with violations. A statement from transport commissioner’s office stated that surprise checks will continue henceforth across the state.