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AP asks private buses not to collect excess fares

AP asks private buses not to collect excess fares
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Private buses getting ready to fleece gullible passengers this festive season are going to feel the heat as the Andhra Pradesh government is all set to put an end to the practice. Minister for Transport Siddha Raghavarao said the government had decided to take stringent action against those collecting excess bus fares from the passengers, during the coming Sankrathi season. APSRTC would charge only normal fares, the Minister said.

To take strict action against bus owners who violate norms during the festival season

Hyderabad: Private buses getting ready to fleece gullible passengers this festive season are going to feel the heat as the Andhra Pradesh government is all set to put an end to the practice. Minister for Transport Siddha Raghavarao said the government had decided to take stringent action against those collecting excess bus fares from the passengers, during the coming Sankrathi season. APSRTC would charge only normal fares, the Minister said.

Talking to media after a meeting with the private bus owners and contract carriers, the Minister said private bus operators were told to charge only the fare on par with the APSRTC. He said private bus operators had given an undertaking in writing that they would not charge excess charges from the passengers. Against this background, Raghava Rao said the government would take stringent action against those who violate the undertaking and charge excess fares from the passengers. To meet the festive rush, APSRTC would run an additional 2,835 buses, the Minister said.

Terming the Road Safety Bill of the Centre would not be in the interest of the State, he said adding that steps would be taken to press for safeguarding the State's interests. Besides, a meeting would be convened on January 1 in Vijayawada with Transport, RTC and Police departments to prepare an action plan to curb illegal plying of autos and other private vehicles. On bringing changes in the administration of the transport departments, Raghava Rao said the existing motor vehicle inspector offices would be converted into unit offices in the State, for better functional efficiency.

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