Reportedly despite some teething problems, the bus priority lanes which have been introduced in bengaluru jointly by the BBMP, BMTC and Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in mid-November are showing early signs of success and t he idea behind bus lanes is to ensure priority access over private transport especially two-wheelers and in the process motivate people to ditch their own vehicles. Hence this, in turn, is expected to reduce overall congestion in the city.
Furthermore the bangalore traffic police is expected to enforce the rule of only allowing BMTC (Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation) buses in the left-most lanes of the roads chosen for this initiative. Violators are punished with a fine of Rs 500 for the first offence and Rs 1,000 for subsequent violations since december 1. traffic police said that for the first 15 days, they tried to communicate the message to motorists and create awareness about the initiative.
Perhaps since november 15, the plan is only restricted to the 18.5 km stretch on the Outer Ring Road stretch between KR Puram Tin Factory to Silk Board. And a similar protocol is expected to be put in place for 12 other major roads in the city including the Hosur Road and Old madras Road. Apparently Yogeesh added, “While there is a lot of improvement expected with the authorities creating barricades restricting vehicles entering the lanes midway, a lot can be done by the traffic police.”