Bus con­duc­tor fined for not ‘is­su­ing’ ticket to pi­geon

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In­creas­ing pol­lu­tion and air traf­fic con­ges­tion in In­dia are ap­par­ently forc­ing some birds to stop fly­ing and start us­ing pub­lic trans­port in­stead. How­ever, birds may not be aware that they have to pur­chase a ticket be­fore trav­el­ling in a pub­lic bus.

The In­dian Ex­press re­cently re­ported an amus­ing case where the pres­ence of ‘one such ig­no­rant pi­geon’ got a bus con­duc­tor in the south­ern In­dian state of In­dia into trou­ble. The Tamil Nadu Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion em­ployee was fined and is­sued a memo for let­ting a pi­geon travel in his bus with­out a ticket.

The con­duc­tor was caught vi­o­lat­ing the law when the bus was stopped by a spe­cial team of the trans­port depart­ment to check whether all pas­sen­gers had bought their tick­ets. One of the ticket check­ers no­ticed the pi­geon ‘oc­cu­py­ing a win­dow seat and an ap­par­ently drunk man hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with it.

The ticket checker im­me­di­ately asked the con­duc­tor whether a bird ticket had been is­sued for the pi­geon. On find­ing out that he hadn’t, the ticket checker fined the con­duc­tor for not be­ing vig­i­lant enough and let­ting an an­i­mal travel with­out a ticket.

For the record, as per the rules laid out by the trans­port depart­ment, a con­duc­tor should col­lect one-fourth of the full fare when a pas­sen­ger trans­ports over 30 pi­geons at a time. How­ever, an of­fi­cial quoted by the Times of In­dia said, “The rules don’t men­tion charg­ing pas­sen­gers for trans­port­ing one pi­geon.” Nei­ther does it say any­thing about pi­geons trav­el­ling by them­selves.

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