JAMMU, June 6: Thousands of mini-buses and buses plying in the Jammu city and rural areas remained off the road in protest against the Traffic Police Department and Regional Transport Office (RTO) Jammu.
As mini-buses and buses remained off the roads, the people especially the students, old age persons and the people visiting the hospitals for treatment suffered a lot.
Amid slogans, a large number of mini-bus and bus operators of Jammu city and rural areas held protest in different areas against Traffic Police Department and RTO Jammu.
While talking to the EXCELSIOR, Vijay Singh Chib, Senior Vice President, All J&K Transporters Welfare Association and President, Mini-Buses Union of All Mishriwala Group said that they are facing problems to ply their vehicles on the roads due to harassment by the Traffic Police Department and RTO Jammu.
“In protest against Traffic Police Department and RTO Jammu, the mini-buses and buses plying in Jammu city and rural areas remained off the roads”, he added.
Narrating their issues, Chib said that whenever they submit their documents in the RTO office for renewal, no slip will be issued to them and taking benefit of that, the traffic cops seize their vehicles, adding that the “Traffic Police Department also fails to submit the seized documents of our vehicles in the court of law, which was also a main issue of our protest”.
“Three students are allowed in a mini-bus and 7 in a bus, but we carry more than that, so that students don’t suffer, but Government should also think and accommodate us on this part”, Chib asserted.
Later, a meeting between Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Officers of Traffic Police Department and RTO Jammu, TS Wazir, Chairman, All J&K Transporters Welfare Association, Vijay Singh Chib, Senior Vice President, All J&K Transporters Welfare Association and President, Mini-Buses Union of All Mishriwala Group, Bharat Bhushan, President, Chamb Group and all passenger vehicles groups was held.
In the meeting, Divisional Commissioner assured the transporters to redress their issues and asked the officers of the RTO Jammu to streamline the system and issue proper receipt to the transporters, who submit their documents for renewal in their office.
On the assurance, the protesting mini-buses and bus operators called off their strike and put their vehicles on roads in the evening, said Vijay Singh Chib, Senior Vice President, All J&K Transporters Welfare Association.