By April 1, the Delhi government’s transport department will strictly enforce lane discipline for buses and freight carriers on 15 selected roads in the city, with fines of up to Rs 10,000 and six months jail for defaulting drivers.
Vehicles found running in other lanes will be liable for prosecution under Section 192-A of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, which prescribes a fine of Rs 10,000, and imprisonment for up to six months.
Along with the traffic police, the transportation department will allocate dedicated lanes for use only by buses and freight carriers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to a statement issued by the department.
Other vehicles may be allowed to run in this particular lane for the remainder of that time. Buses and freight vehicles, however, will remain on their specially marked lanes at all times, he said.
In the first phase, enforcement will be carried out in 15 of the 46 corridors selected under the initiative, he said.
These include Mehrauli-Badarpur road from Anuvrat Marg T-point to Pul Prahladpur T-point, Ashram Chowk to Badarpur Border, Janakpuri to Madhuban Chowk, Moti Nagar to Dwarka Mor, Britannia Chowk to Dhaula Quan, Kashmere Gate ISBT to Apsra Border, Bridge Signature-Bhopura Border, Jahangirpuri Metro Station-ISBT Kashmere Gate and ITO-Ambedkar Nagar among others.
“To make Delhi roads safer, the @ArvindKejriwal government has embarked on Bus Lane Enforcement efforts to improve Commuter Safety & address congestion. Instructions have been issued to DTC & Cluster for driver sensitization, JKR to allocate bus routes & Transport, Police enforcement team,” the Minister said. transport Kailash Gahlot tweeted.
Violators will be punished and prosecuted under the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, and the Delhi Car Park Maintenance and Management Regulations, 2019, the statement said.
The transport department has issued advice to its public fleet operators – Delhi Transport Corporation and Delhi Integrated Multi -Capital Transit System Ltd – to alert its drivers, he said.
As part of the effort, the Public Works Department has been instructed to mark and identify corridors by placing signage and warning boards at appropriate places.
If any light motor vehicle, such as a car is found parked or unattended in a marked bus lane and its owner or driver refuses to clean it, the vehicle will be towed and the driver will have to bear a towing charge in addition to the penalty, he said.
The transportation department will place two teams in two shifts to enforce lane discipline. Cranes will also be used to seize and divert vehicles obstructing the bus route. Videos or photos of obstructing vehicles will be recorded as evidence, the statement said.