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DTC buses do not follow traffic rules: commuters

The blueline buses, which were both a traffic and environment hazard, may have vanished from the roads of Delhi, but the low-floor environment friendly DTC buses still pose a quite a challenge to commuters navigating the ever crowded Delhi roads. They, too, unfortunately, jump red lights frequently. According to official records,  traffic police have challaned 817 buses in 2012.

We at Millennium Post visited some major traffic signals at ITO, Connaught Place, Ashram Chowk, Laxmi Nagar and Anand Vihar and noticed that, on an average, almost three buses jump red lights every other minute, especially at night, when there are barely any traffic officials seen on the roads.

‘Most of the low-floor DTC buses hardly follow traffic rules,’ said Vineet Tiwari, a resident of New Delhi.

Despite the fact that 780 traffic signals, along with 390 blinkers, have been provided in the capital, the DTC drivers hardly pay attention to them.

‘In one incident, near Pragati Maidan signal, a speeding DTC bus jumped the signal and hit my car, which was standing in the ITO signal,’ said Shankar Rao, a commuter.

‘The traffic officials are more lenient towards the DTC drivers, and seem to be least bothered about them breaking traffic norms, which normally occurs during the night time, when, according to officials, strict traffic security is provided,’ said Vikas Rana, a commuter.

‘I have noticed, mostly during night time, there are no proper traffic officials available at the signals of Laxmi Nagar, ITO and also in Ashram Chowk and Chirag Delhi. The buses jump the red lights every now and then, and also drive recklessly,’ said another commuter.

The cases of irregularities like over speeding, rash and negligent driving, non stoppage of buses at bus stops and overtaking on busy roads have become a daily routine for DTC bus drivers. The traffic police are merely spectators to these apparent law breaking.

Driving low-floor buses with doors open, improper parking on the roads and usage of mobile phone and music player while driving the bus have led to accidents.

When contacted, Satyendra Garg, Joint Commissioner of Police, said, ‘We have deployed traffic officials during night to keep a check on the traffic, and the officials are doing their best to reduce breaking red lights.’

‘It is high time the traffic police pull up DTC buses that jump the signals,’ said Meenal Jaiswal, a commuter.
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