RTO collects Rs 27.59 lakh fine from private bus operators

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 4 May 2019

Of the 68 buses, a penalty of Rs 27.59 lakh was collected from 48 of them.

PUNE: The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has collected a fine of Rs 27.59 lakh from  private bus operators for charging extra amount as the summer vacation has begun and people travel from one place to another. 

RTO has taken action against 68 buses and collected Rs 27.59 lakh. 

The officials have warned all operators to follow regulations and not to overcharge under any circumstances during the holiday season. 

“A total of 395 buses run by private operators were checked over the month. The officers found that 97 of them flouted some or the other norms. The violations included not having proper registration, permits, overloading, not having fitness certificate and other violations. Out of these 97 buses, 68 were confiscated,” said Sanjay Raut, RTO Pune. The official said of the 68 buses, a penalty of Rs 27.59 lakh was collected from 48 of them.

“The remaining 20 buses are in the custody of the RTO. This being the holiday season, the number of passengers will be more and hence a close eye is being kept on all such buses. Overcharging becomes a common affair during this season,” he said. 

These buses have been kept at RTO Pune office, PMPML and the State Transport depot at Swargate.

People can lodge complaints by visiting the RTO office with the ticket. They can also email at mh12@mahatranscom.in or to rto.12-mh@gov.in or call 022-62426666, another official said.

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