ILLEGAL PASSENGER TRANSPORT * India
* Maharashtra - RTO, cops to check illegal passenger transport
-- The state has decided to hold officials of the Maharashtra State Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and traffic police responsible for illegal transport of passengers... The regional transport offices (RTO) and police have been told to confiscate such vehicles, which include buses and jeeps. Officials may face stringent action if they fail to act against erring drivers, said a government notification... The High Court recently directed the state government to act against private transporters involved in stage transport of passengers. The court noted that illegal transport has been adversely affecting MSRTC's revenue. Stage transport by private operators is rampant across the state. Vehicles like buses, jeeps and six-seaters halt near MSRTC bus stands and pick up points, offering services at lower fares. Most vehicle owners do not have permits to carry additional passengers. Transporters are expected to provide point-to-point service, but they pick up passengers midway, which is unlawful. Only MSRTC is allowed to do so...
(Photo: Pune India, Jeepney's passengers transport) -- Pune, Maharashtra, India - TNN, by Sarang Dastane - Jan 20, 2016