How tourists are playing their part in making Mumbai roads safer

Five per cent of the tariff collected on tourist buses will go towards providing stickers and glow signs for the ongoing road safety campaign

Making their contribution for safer roads in Mumbai, tourists are also donating to the ongoing road safety campaign. Various tour operators in the city are giving away a part of the tariff collected from tourists to the ongoing Road Safety Fortnight.

The ticket fares on these buses, typically meant for Mumbai Darshan, include the cost of donation for stickers meant to promote road safety
The ticket fares on these buses, typically meant for Mumbai Darshan, include the cost of donation for stickers meant to promote road safety

“The foreign tourist segments of tour bus operators are contributing for stickers and glow signs that would be pasted behind buses,” said Harsh Kotak, president, Mumbai Private Buses Association, which is participating in the drive.

There are around 1,500 private buses that ply in Mumbai every day and out of these, around 150 or so are meant for tourists. Operators of these 150 buses will be giving away five per cent of their earnings for the campaign.

The ticket fares on these buses, typically meant for Mumbai Darshan, include the cost of donation for stickers meant to promote road safety. The tickets cost is between R500 to R2,000 depending on the type of bus, which varies from 8-seater to 35-seater.

Tracking tail lights
As a part of another campaign, sources in the Regional Transport Office (RTO) said that they would also target private buses, trucks and tempos whose tail lights are in a poor condition. “Malfunctioning tail lights are a hazard and so we will start a campaign where these vehicles will be caught,” said a RTO official.

It is important to crack down on such vehicles as transport experts claim that buses, trucks and tempos are often found in a poor condition. “One might see that the tail lights of these heavy vehicles hardly work. Also, they emit a lot of smoke and are poorly maintained,” said a transport expert.

Voices

S Nimalkar owner, Khushi Holidays
Every segment, including tourists, is giving part of their fee towards road safety. In fact, to promote better safety and security for tourists, there is also a need for more women drivers to come in as tourists have lost goodwill.

A Garg Owner, Educational Tours and Travels Association
It is a good cause and we hope that more money is collected for this. We will start training and induction of women drivers for these tourist buses from tomorrow.

1,500
The total number of private buses in Mumbai

Rs 500
The basic cost of a Mumbai Darshan bus ticket

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