School bus fined Rs 2.33 Lakh in Bhubaneswar for defying traffic safety rules

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The Odisha government’s Department of Transport on Thursday levied a whopping fine of over Rs 2.33 lakh on a school bus for flouting several protocols under the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019.

Regional Transport Office-II officials in Bhubaneswar seized the bus during an inspection near Damana Square in the city and imposed a fine of Rs 2.33234 on the owner of the bus.

According to a challan issued by the transport authorities, the school bus was fined Rs 500 for general violation, Rs 10,000 for air and noise pollution violation and Rs 10,000 for not having a valid permit.

Similarly, penalties of Rs 5,000 for driving without registration or certificate of aptitude, and Rs 2,000 for driving without insurance were also imposed on the school bus.

Transport officials also disputed Rs 20.5734 on the bus for failure to pay OMV tax from 1.3.2020 to 3.4.2022.

The action against the school bus was carried out as part of a special campaign launched by the government of Odisha for a thorough check of buses and other light vehicles used to transport students. The special campaign will continue until April 27.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Department of Transport fined a school bus Rs 4 lakh for breaking MV law rules in Koraput.

According to reports, the government arrested up to 236 school buses and light vehicles carrying school children for flouting safety and traffic regulations on the first day of the inspection campaign. At least 173 vehicles did not have a valid suitability while 85 of them also did not have a permit.

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