PMPML fined by traffic police for violating rules

Sushant Ranjan
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

The city traffic police, which is on a spree to streamline and discipline the city traffic and residents, has imposed a fine of Rs 78,800 for violation of traffic rules on the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML).

Pune: The city traffic police, which is on a spree to streamline and discipline the city traffic and residents, has imposed a fine of Rs 78,800 for violation of traffic rules on the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML).
 
The city traffic police have collected a fine of Rs 78,800 this year from PMPML for violation of traffic rules, including signal jumping. Last year, the traffic police had collected just Rs 34,900 as fine from Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML).  However, the PMPML said that they continue to give training to drivers but it was up to the drivers if they follow the rules or want to get a challan or fine. 

“PMPML drivers are violating traffic rules, committing offences like jumping the traffic signals, and over speeding. We have collected Rs 78,800 from drivers in 21 cases this year from January to till now,” said DCP (Traffic) Pankaj Deshmukh.

According to details given by Deshmukh, “In 2017, we imposed a fine of Rs 7,000 in 34 cases and it went up to 82 cases in 2018 with challans of Rs 34,900.”

According to the information, most of the cases were related to jumping traffic signals. The challans were sent to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) office. The offence gets captured on CCTV and the details of bus number, route are sent to the headquarters.

However, the transport body said that they have been regularly providing training to drivers to follow the traffic rules. 

“We are giving training to our drivers if they don’t follow the traffic rules they will have to give challans. The fine will be deducted from the drivers’ salary. If the drivers belong to the contractors, we ask them to pay. If they are not following the rule, we can’t do anything,” said Chairman and Managing Director of PMPML Nayana Gunde.

In November 2018, the traffic police had imposed fine on several bus drivers for parking their buses haphazardly near Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which caused inconvenience to traffic. 

Earlier in June 2018, they even wrote a letter to PMC stating if a bus breaks down in the middle of the road, they will impose fine.

“There are several development works ongoing in the city. The drivers have to be patient during peak hours. We have also received several complaints from passengers that the drivers are not stopping buses on the stand. We are also taking it seriously and always asking the drivers to follow the norms,” said a senior PMPML officer.

On May 5, the traffic police imposed fine of Rs 1,400 on the spot to a driver for overspeeding and breaking the signal.

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