'Pvt Buses Misusing Temporary Permits'
With the officials of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) issuing stage and contract carriage permits only to genuine bus operators as some of them are misusing them, a few of the operators are adopting new unauthorised means to ply passengers to neighbouring states.
Speaking about the new modus operandi that some of the bus operators have adopted, a senior official of the department said, ‘’There is a provision called as temporary permit. Operators can use the permit only if they are offering package or pilgrimage tours or for trips which lasts for a short period. This costs around Rs 40,000 per permit. The operators are supposed to use them for round trips consisting of same set of passengers. However some bus operators are taking this permit and plying buses as stage carriages like from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, which is a deviation from the objective of the permit.”
He added that the officials of the department caught two buses in Kurnool last week while they were on their way from Bengaluru to Hyderabad and found that they were running the bus on temporary permit.
‘’While one bus took seven temporary permits in one month another bus took nine. We launched an enquiry and found that the superintendent and junior assistant at RTA Office, at Bahadurpura colluded with the operators and have been issuing these permits,” the official said.