Transport Minister GS Bali has warned of stern action against buses plying without permits in the state. Bali today said that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure safe and comfortable travel facility to the commuters and there would be no compromise as far as their safety was concerned.

Bali said complaints were being received at regular intervals regarding overloading of private buses which was not only causing inconvenience to the passengers but there was also fear of any untoward incidents in their minds.

Bali added complaints were being received from the general public that few private bus operators were not adhering to the conditions of the permit issued to them and in some cases few were operating bus services even without the permits. Taking cognizance on these complaints, the directions were issued to the departmental officials for checking of such buses throughout the State on 30 November, 2016 and take appropriate action as per the rules.

The Minister asked the private bus operators to follow the permit conditions under Section 192-A under Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 failing which strict action would be taken against them adding that there was a provision of minimum imprisonment of three months. He said if any complaint was received in future against the private bus operators regarding disobeying the conditions of contract carriage permit, the department would submit challan in such cases in the court as per the provisions of the Act.

GS Bali also warned the on-line booking agencies no to issue the tickets of contract carriage buses otherwise stern action would be taken against them.

He appealed to the passengers of the other states to ensure that the buses through which they were traveling to Himachal Pradesh were plying on the basis of contract carriage permits so as to avoid any inconvenience.