Chennai | Thursday, Aug 6 2009 IST
Madras High Court today directed the State Transport Authorities (STA) to remove all advertisement sign boards from the State-owned corporation buses immediately.
While allowing a Public Interest Litigation Petition(PIL), a Division Bench comprising Mr Justice S J Mukhopadhya and Mr Justice Raja Ilango held display on the side of the buses caused accidents and casualties.
In his PIL, Coimbatore Consumer Forum President M Kaliyamurthy submitted the State Transport Authorities and the State-owned Transport Corporation Managing Directors allowed private publicity companies to use back windscreen of the buses and both the side window mirrors to display commercial advertisements.
"To earn money to the transport corporations, the officials allowed the private parties to use the State-owned buses for the products publicity purpose which is a violation of Motor Vehicles Regulation Act (MVR Act)," he contended.
"While the thousands of buses carrying advertisement signboards are attracting the bypass riders, it leads to accidents and causalties," Mr Kaliyamurthy added and sought to forbear the authorities from displaying advertisements on the buses.
The Bench also directed the transport authorities to file the compliance report within two weeks.
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