RTO directs PMPML to ply only fit buses on city roads

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 21 January 2019

The Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune has informed the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to ply only those buses, which are  fit to be on road. The RTO also warned that if they find any fault during checking on roads, they will take action against PMPML.

Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) Pune has informed the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to ply only those buses, which are  fit to be on road. The RTO also warned that if they find any fault during checking on roads, they will take action against PMPML.

This has come after an activist had complained about a bus being unfit yet plying on the road. The RTO had cancelled the fitness certificate of the bus due to the technical fault but the same bus was plying on the road.

“PMPML was directed to ply only those buses, which are fit to be on road. We carry out the inspection regularly and if we find any fault during checking, we will take action. Also, we are liable to cancel the fitness certificate of the said bus,” said Sanjay Raut, Deputy RTO Pune.

The PMPML activists are regularly complaining about default buses plying on the road. But officials are not ensuring that the buses, which are not fit, are kept in the depot. As per the information provided by PMPML authority, there are 2,000 buses in their fleet. Out of this, 1,400 are owned by PMPML. Around 1,100 buses are plying on roads everyday and 450 are on contractual basis. Apart from this, 150 buses break down everyday in the middle of the road, which shows that buses are not fit.

As per the information, more than 150 buses, which are owned by PMPML, are above 12 years old, while other 200 buses are already 11 years old. More than 500 buses are between six to eight years old. 
Last year, around 200 buses were introduced. The automatic doors, digital panels, announcement systems are not working.
 
It has been ignored after several complaints. Many buses are overflowing with passengers.

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