CRUT to fine ticketless passengers travelling in Mo Bus

Bhubaneswar: Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) will impose fines on passengers travelling ticketless on MO buses in the city starting from September 1 this year.

CRUT requested its passengers to cooperate with the checking staff and to travel in a bus with valid ticket/monthly pass and produce the same on demand by the checking staff during the course of checking.

Dipti Mahapatro, General Manager, Personnel and Administration & spokesperson, CRUT said, “It is observed that some people are travelling without passes or tickets in MO BUS causing revenue loss to public exchequer. To bring discipline among travellers, CRUT plans to intensify checking and penalize defaulters.

However, we are also working towards creating more awareness about the same not only inside the buses but also outside through social media and other communication platforms. We are confident the citizens of the city will welcome this step and spread the message among their peer group.”

According to sections 124 and 178, 179(1), 179(2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988, any passenger found travelling without a ticket or pass is liable to be fined up to 10 times the legal fare payable by such person or Rs 500 whichever is less.

Disobedience of orders, obstructions to the checking officer in discharge of duties and refusal to give information will also amount to Rs 500 fine. Legal fare means the fare due from originating point of the trip to the destination point of the traveller.