Cell shock: Two drivers of BRTS found with mobiles

Ahmedabad: Apparently a ban on mobile phones during operating hours means nothing to drivers of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). Two BRTS drivers were caught with mobile phones–despite a ban instituted by the municipal commissioner late last month–during a surprise check on Monday. Ahmedabd Janmarg Limited (AJL), which handles BRTS operations, has decided to fire them from their jobs.

Under the tightened disciplinary terms that came into place after the spate of BRTS-related accidents in the second half of November, drivers of all BRTS buses are supposed to deposit their phones before starting their shift.
They are not allowed to carry their phones while driving.

In Monday’s check, the authorities inspected 275 buses at 20 terminuses.

Meanwhile, the AMC’s Joint Enforcement Team (JET) prevented around 100 vehicles from entering the exclusive BRTS corridor and have collected around Rs.1.5 lakh in administrative charges. The highest number of such incidents (24) were reported at the north-zone office of AMC, while 18 were recorded at the main AMC office.

In the last week of November, the municipal commissioner of AMC had transferred all top officials of AJL after he found lapses in his orders given to them for BRTS mechanism.