Ticketless travel in buses may cost you 1,500
New Delhi: Those found travelling without ticket in a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) or cluster scheme bus may soon have to shell out a fine of up to Rs 1,500. At present, the fine for travelling without a ticket in Delhi is Rs 200.
The amended Motor Vehicles Act prescribes a fine of up to Rs 1,500, which is compoundable to Rs 500. The Act was implemented in Delhi from September 1, but the Delhi government is yet to notify it. As the Act hasn’t been notified yet and the quantum of fine for compoundable offences is yet to be fixed, Delhi traffic police and transport department are only issuing court challans, and on-the-spot cash fines can’t be paid.
While the fine for travelling without a pass or ticket in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, was Rs 500, DTC had fixed it at Rs 200.
A DTC official said that the quantum of fine will be fixed once the Act is notified by the Delhi government. “We haven’t received any directions from the Delhi government yet. We are calling this amount compoundable fees, and not fine. If a passenger is caught travelling without a ticket, the compoundable fees is Rs 200, but if the passenger doesn’t pay this amount, he or she has to go to court,” he said.
Ticketless travel is a major source of revenue loss for DTC. On average, ticket checking squads of DTC fine 245 ticketless passengers on every week day, and 145 on Sundays and other holidays. According to conservative estimates, DTC loses at least Rs 1 crore a day because of it. “We have about 1,500 personnel in our ticket checking squads, including assistant traffic inspectors. Each ticketing squad has three to four members who can travel in their own vehicles or be on foot. They can also keep changing buses while checking tickets,” the official said.
The official added, “Our flying squads have a very tough job as most passengers travelling without ticket start arguing and try to avoid paying a fine. Also, these 1,500 personnel have the work of checking nearly 5,500 buses, which includes not only DTC buses, but cluster buses as well”.
On average, ticket checking squads of DTC fine 245 ticketless passengers on every weekday, and 145 on Sundays and other holidays