Traffic Police issue notice to DTC for rampant flouting of traffic rules; PWD help sought

Delhi Traffic Police has also roped in the Public Works Department (PWD) and other road agencies to provide “bus boxes” at designated locations, which shall include all bus stands in the city. In the notice, addressed to the Chairperson-cum-Managing Director of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Delhi Traffic Police suggested that DTC should issue directions to all bus drivers asking them to follow traffic rules and regulations at all cost, informed a police source. The notice further reads: “Refresher courses may also be organised for drivers to enhance their concern for safety and observing traffic norms.” According to records of Delhi Police, as many as 10 persons were killed and 30 were severely injured in nine fatal accidents and 24 simple accidents caused by DTC buses reported between January 1 and March 15 this year.

In 2014, DTC buses were involved in as many as 40 fatal accidents and 161 simple accidents, killing around 41 persons and severely injuring 189.

It has been witnessed that most of the DTC buses do not stop at the designated bus box present in front of some bus stands in the city. Many a times, they do not even stop at the left-most lane touching the bus stands. “Such negligence subjects the commuters to severe life-risk, especially the ones de-boarding the buses. Hence the matter was taken up with the PWD and road agencies,” said Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Earlier this month, a 12-year-old boy was crushed to death by a DTC bus near Khanpur intersection in south Delhi. After this incident, an agitated mob reportedly burnt down two DTC buses and severely damaged 14 others. In another incident reported earlier in 2015, a 15-year-old boy waiting for a bus at the Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg bus stop near central Delhi’s ITO intersection was allegedly crushed to death by a speeding DTC bus.
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