The Ministry of Transport bans the use of mobile phones in “speakerphone mode” when traveling by bus

Behavior of the cell phone model: travelers must respect etiquette or forfeit their tickets

Bangalore: Following a series of complaints about the use of cell phones by passengers while on the move, the state government has banned putting cell phones into “speakerphone mode” inside passenger cars. bus, the Karnataka State Road Transport Company (KSRTC) said.

The KSRTC also issued a circular setting out guidelines for the use of cell phones by passengers with the aim of relieving other passengers and ensuring a smooth journey.

The circular dated Thursday, November 11 said: “In recent days, passengers are using more and more cell phones. We notice that they listen to music, films, travel information and put their mobile in speakerphone mode.

“It bothers the other passengers and the loud noises make the trip unpleasant. A public interest dispute (PIL) is also filed with the Karnataka High Court in this regard, ”said KSRTC Director General Shivayogi Kalasad.

The circular stated that playing cellphones on speakerphone to watch movies, songs, news and videos was against the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Act 1989, Rule 94 (1) (V). Drivers are encouraged to educate passengers in this regard.

Drivers are advised to ask the mobile user not to put the mobile on loudspeaker and to tell him that it is disturbing others. If the passengers continue to do so and violate the directive, the driver or the driver can remove the passenger from the vehicle.

The directive allows the driver and the driver to stop the bus until the passenger gets off. The price of the ticket will not be refunded to these passengers either. The circular also requested that a report be submitted on the measures taken regarding the guidelines prescribed therein.

The State Department of Transportation wrote to KSRTC, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KKRTC) and North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) to implement the rule. The ordinance further states that once such a passenger is disembarked, he cannot claim reimbursement of the price of the bus.

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