25 Volvo buses seized

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25 Volvo Buses Seized, Private Buses Seized, Transport Department Officials. Private buses, especially Volvo services, operating within the State and on inter-state routes have come under the scanner of the Transport Department officials as well as police.

  • Permits for ill-fated bus in the name of Diwakar Road Lines
  • Officials say no lease permitted between two operators
  • Bus driver taken into custody
  • SHRC calls for a report from Mahabubnagar district police
  • Karnataka Minister visits

Private buses, especially Volvo services, operating within the State and on inter-state routes have come under the scanner of the Transport Department officials as well as police, in the wake of the Mahabubnagar bus blaze that left 45 killed on Wednesday. In all, 25 Volvo services plying without fitness and valid permission were seized. Cases under different sections of the AP Motor Vehicles Act were also booked against the operators of 35 other buses. The police arrested Shakeel Jabbar, the proprietor of Jabbar Travels, in connection with the incident. Feroze, the driver of the ill- fated bus, was also taken into custody.

Cases were booked against them under different sections of the IPC and the MV Act. The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) also sought a report on the mishap from Mahabubnagar police. Transport officials made it clear that the bus involved in the accident had all its permits and fitness certification in the name of the Diwakar Road lines. There was nothing official about the leasing of the bus to Jabbar Travels as it was claimed by the owner of the bus. There was no scope for any sort of leasing of a bus services officially between the two private operators, they added.

Some private operators temporarily suspended Volvo services in some of the long distance routes such as Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad, Tirupati –Hyderabad and Vijayawada- Bengaluru in anticipation of raids by the transport officials and the police. The RTA officials said most of the seized buses did not possess valid documents like fitness certificates. The buses were being run as stage carriers on contract carriage permits. Some of the buses also had seating capacity unofficially raised over and above the permitted limit. “The buses seized were being operated in violation of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act. We did not impound them. But we will present them in the court of law,” they added.

Karnataka Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who came here on Thursday, visited Osmania General Hospital and consoled the kin of the victims, he said that the Karnataka Government would extend help for them. Going by the addresses given by the victims, 24 bodies were identified to be from Karnataka.

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