The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) has launched a crackdown on private tourist buses that are charging higher fares from passengers traveling to their villages and hometowns in anticipation of Diwali. Pune RTO is checking these buses and has warned the operators not to charge more fare than allowed by the state government.
The RTO has launched a special drive to inspect tourist bus operations before and during the festival season. Dedicated squads have been formed to check these buses. The drive was launched following reports of non-compliance with RTO norms including carrying extra passengers and charging excess fare. The squad is specifically checking the seating capacity of passengers and ticket fares in these buses.
Pune regional transport officer Sanjeev Bhor said private tourist bus operators are not allowed to increase ticket rates by more than one and a half times the normal fare of MSRTC buses set by the state government. As part of the ongoing checking campaign by the RTO, action has been taken against 50 buses in the last two days and fines have also been imposed on the bus owners.
Bhor stressed that operators were being penalized for charging higher fares from passengers and seating people more than the capacity. He urged the public to travel safely and encouraged them to report any issues related to high ticket fares, security, or passenger overloading to the RTO.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has published its revised fare list as per the Motor Transport Act. Pune has seen huge crowds at state and private bus terminals in anticipation of the festive season.