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Drunk driver & conductor of numberless private bus harasses elderly woman


Surprisingly, both front and rear number plates of the bus were blank. Both driver and conductor were allegedly drunk. Neither the conductor had uniform and name plate nor did the driver. He didn’t provide any ticket to her. The woman wanted to lodge a complaint but didn’t have the bus number.

SHIMLA- On Sunday, and elderly woman and her daughter, who had come to visit a relative admitted at IGMC Shimla and were returning to Darlaghat, were allegedly harassed by drunken conductor of a private bus. The conductor compelled them to get down the bus after he begun to misbehave with the lady and her daughter for boarding on a log route bus.

The elderly woman and her daughter were stuck at MLA crossing in Shimla as local buses had temporarily suspended operation due to snowfall. They tried to find taxi, which wasn’t available. After a long wait, a private bus arrived en route to Bilaspur. The conductor was asking local passengers to get out and enquiring people before letting them in. The mother and daughter, however, did not get bullied and boarded on the bus.

The bus broke down at an isolated spot on Taradevi-Totu road. When elderly woman went to the conductor asking him to return fair he had charged, he misbehaved with her and didn’t return the money. The woman not only missed her bus but was also forced to wait before she was compelled to get down in Totu.

Surprisingly, both front and rear number plates of the bus were blank. Both driver and conductor were allegedly drunk. Neither the conductor had uniform and name plate nor did the driver. He didn’t provide any ticket to her. The bus had mechanical fault due to which driver had to stop the bus multiple times. The woman wanted to lodge a complaint but didn’t have the bus number. The girl, however, clicked a couple of photos showing conductor and the bus.

Previous Complaint: HP Police neglecting vehicles with partially visible/without number plates

It’s a matter of concern that private transport operators are mocking at the face of mandatory provision provided under ‘Motor Vehicle Act’ that they are supposed to follow strictly, such as vehicle number plates, wearing uniform and nameplate, providing ticket, and ensure proper maintenance of the bus so as to avoid risking lives of passengers. Not only the staff misbehaved with the lady but also denied reimbursement of ticket when the bus broke down.

No surprise that public did not speak a word to support the woman.

It’s a failure for Himachal Pradesh Police to let such buses operate without registration number plate in both Bilaspur and Shimla districts.

While it may appear to be the result of struggle for livelihood among bus operators to ensure maximum long route passengers, it’s no way justified to harass passengers instead of helping them in poor weather conditions while flaunting almost very mandatory rules.

Moreover, the administration and the Transport Minister must interfere to ensure no passengers are harassed. It’s not the first time that Himachal Watcher has reported vehicles with no number plates running on Himachal’s roads.

HW is forwarding this complaint to the Transport Minister G.S. Bali and Shimla Police for action against violation of rules and regulation and for harassing passengers.

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