In Trichy, three regional transport offices (RTOs) have launched an enforcement drive to identify and penalize omnibuses plying without proper payment of road taxes and mandatory permits. The campaign will also continue during the Puja holidays and will also include checking potentially overpriced ticket fares due to particularly high demand.
The enforcement operation began on Saturday night and extended till Sunday morning. Srirangam RTO R. The teams led by Kumar, each comprising six motor vehicle inspectors, inspected the fleet of omnibuses plying from Trichy city to Chennai and southern districts. Of the 42 omnibuses inspected, one, which was going from Rameshwaram to Chennai carrying 18 passengers, was found to have not paid the required road tax to the state government. Transport department officials transported the passengers to their destinations using alternative vehicles and seized the non-compliant bus, taking it to the Trichy West RTO complex. So far the authorities have collected a fine of Rs 12,500.
These inspection teams also conducted screening near Samayapuram Toll Plaza and Central Bus Stand in the city. Passengers were informed that they can report any incident of overcharging.
People can lodge a complaint by calling the toll-free number 1800-425-6151, although no complaint has been received so far. These surprise inspections are expected to encourage bus operators to adhere to the fares set by their union. In view of the anticipated high volume of buses traveling between Chennai and other districts via Trichy during the Puja holidays, officials from Manapparai, Thiruverumbur and Lalgudi RTO units will also join the drive.