Bus conductor fined for not ‘issuing’ ticket to pigeon
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.