The district administration is training its lenses on long-distance buses with tinted windows and windscreens.
The East Singhbhum administration, which had initiated a crackdown on cars and other four-wheelers in the city on January 9, as a fallout of the Delhi gang rape, will now be launching a drive against long distance and luxury buses leaving Jamshedpur for various destinations across the state and also to neighbouring states like Odisha, Bengal and Bihar.
According to records available with Jamshedpur Bus Owners’ Association (JBOA), over 200 long-distance buses operate from the Sitaramdera bus terminus to various destinations each day.
Sources in the East Singbhum district transport office said a joint meeting in this connection has already been held between district transport officer George Kumar, motor vehicles inspector (MVI) Awdesh Kumar and deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Jamshedpur, Rakesh Mohan Sinha.
Sources said this was an ideal time to launch the drive as the state was under President’s Rule and there would be no political interference.
“Most long-distances buses are owned by those with political connections and earlier, often after such a drive they used to exert pressure from different quarters on officials. However, there is no such pressure now,” said the source.
George Kumar, however, refused to admit that political pressure had anything to do with the timing of the drive.
“We started the drive in the city against cars, SUVs and even city buses. That was our priority. We attained success as is evident on the roads. Now we want to shift our focus on long distance buses as several of them are also seen plying on city roads during the marriage season. We do not want to take chances and would be launching the drive from Monday,” said the DTO.
The drive would be held on entry points to the city especially near Pardih Kali Mandir (for Ranchi and Bihar bound buses), Baliguma (for Odisha and Bengal bound buses) and also at Karandih (for Odisha bound buses).
The drive would be in line with Supreme Court orders prohibiting use of tinted films in vehicles. In its order passed in May last year, the Supreme Court had said visual light transmission or VLT should be at least 70 per cent for front and rear screens and 50 per cent for the side windows while straightway banning use of black films on windows.
Offenders would be fined Rs 500 and would be asked to remove their tinted films. If the same bus is found using tinted windows again, the staff would be liable for one month imprisonment as per section 100 (2) of the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989.
JBOA secretary Upender Sharma said that they would cooperate with the administration but expressed apprehension about inconvenience to passengers.
“We have a fixed schedule and have to reach destinations on time. If the police check the buses, it would disturb the itinerary and cause problems for the passengers,” said Sharma.