GUWAHATI, March 14 - In a fresh drive, transport officials today seized one ASTC bus and a private city bus for not following laid down regulations.
The action came after Transport Commissioner Adil Khan, accompanied by DTO Bapon Kalita, other transport officials and members of the bus owners� association took surprise bus rides on the Ganeshguri-Adabari route to monitor compliance with rules and regulations by the drivers.
�One of the buses was seized for overtaking, while the other bus was not plying as per the route permit. We also checked a few other buses, and more or less they were complying with the rules like distributing tickets, wearing of uniforms by drivers and handymen, display of information and not over-stopping,� Khan said.
The city has been divided into four sectors and in each sector an enforcement team has been deployed under a deputy commissioner of transport or additional commissioner. They are deployed at random locations daily for checking traffic, road and vehicle rules.
Since the crackdown on erring city buses began, 109 buses have been seized and 550 cases lodged for various violations and Rs 21 lakh collected as fines. As many as 126 permits and driving licences have been cancelled so far.
The Transport Commissioner said from April 1 no pollution certificates will be issued offline. The 180 pollution testing centres in the State will be linked to online portal Vahan to prevent manipulation, he said.