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A recent complaint from a local bus operator's employee about illegal plying of buses and extortion of passengers by hiking tariffs, the Pune Police and the Regional Transport Office said that they would put an end to it.
The Pune Bus Owners Association has filed a complaint stating that some operators were ferrying passengers that did not have valid e-passes and charging excessive fares for tickets.
Mr Balasaheb Khedekar, the President of the Pune Luxury Bus Association said, "In the past few days, we have spotted and stopped many buses in which social distancing norms are being ignored. They charged fares ranging between Rs2,000 and Rs5000."
A senior association member Kiran Desai stated that the Regional Transport Office said that the responsibility of checking if passengers have valid e-passes belonged to the police as the RTO only issues e-passes to goods carriers. He also said that a meeting with DCP Bachchan Singh was scheduled for Tuesday.
In related news, the Maharashtra Regional Transport Office has announced a resumption of operations across all 50 RTOs in the State. A circular issued by the Transport Commissioner's Office stated that services offered will include vehicle registration, transfers of ownership of vehicles, issuing licences and issuing of secondary licences.
The Commissioner's office has also mandated safety and sanitisation of the premises. The mandate states that visitors will have to make an appointment before visiting the RTO.
In addition, all visitors have to maintain a minimum distance of six feet, and all test vehicles will have to be sanitised after every use. In addition, it stated that all RTOs will provide for sanitisers at their premises, and also asked visitors to wear face masks and hand gloves. To know more, click here.
Thoughts About The Pune Police and RTO Cracking Down On Illegal Bus Operators
While we understand that some folk need to travel in an emergency and rather not wait for an e-pass, it is mandatory to have one while travelling. We're also impressed that an employee of a bus operator made a complaint. Most usually keep quiet out of fear of losing their jobs. In addition, this crackdown will help restore some order as far as excessive fares are concerned.