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Nagaland buses tagged for safety
Published on 23 Aug. 2008 12:41 AM IST
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Next time if you happen to come to the Nagaland capital and want to travel by bus, look for a tag, “Tip-top, Running condition” pasted on the bus. f this tag is not found pasted on the bus, think again before you board the vehicle. Concerned over the increasing cases of bus accidents, which have led to the death and injury of several persons in the State capital, the Regional Transport Authority in collaboration with the Kohima District Administration has started inspection of all city buses plying in and around the town, the Imphal Free Press reported. In a first of its kind move, the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Kohima would issue certification stickers only to registered mini buses in “Tip top, Running condition,” for plying in the Nagaland capital from September, 2008 onwards to ensure public safety and comfort. Confirming this, Transport Commissioner, T. Meren Paul said, “Something is better than nothing. We are giving it a try. By introducing this sticker and regulating it, we will be able to eliminate undesirable cases.” Paul said that though inspection of minibuses is carried out annually, stickers have been necessitated because public service should not be at the cost of human lives. The latest figure on the number of registered motor vehicles in the state as on March 31st, 2008 stands at 223111. In the year 2007-2008, RTO Kohima alone registered 3817 motor vehicles while Dimapur registered the highest at 4615. Meanwhile a committee with the Transport Commissioner as Convener has given recommendations to the State government on the prescribed cut off age of vehicles to ply on the roads, as most being decades old, cause much inconvenience to the passengers and disrupt smooth flow of traffic due to frequent breakdowns besides suggesting a quota for taxis and buses. RTO official, Myamo Jami said that only buses having stickers inscribed “Tested ok” given by the RTO office would be allowed to ply and those without it would be seized immediately, without any fine imposition or warning like earlier times. The certification would be issued after a check within the physical parameters and the bus owners have been intimated to repair within 30 days time, starting from July30, 2008. The most recent ones took place in Secretariat road (rash and negligent drunk driving), 2nd at IG road involving the Vacation Bible School Students(poor visibility) and the third one opposite Kohima war cemetery (mechanical failure), officials stated. During these three accidents, which occurred in the last two months with Nagaland capital, four persons including a child have died while several injured.

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