“One of the cheapest mode of commuting inside Mumbai city, BEST’s buses attracts lots of daily travellers and is often crowded during peak hours. Although BEST says they are in losses, the crowd bus seems to be overloaded sometimes and doesn’t make believe so. Such crowded buses also brings in some complaints inside and related to conductors behaviours, drivers faults and co-passengers menace. This article details some important factors and procedure on how to register a complain for any issues emerging to arguments and fights with conductors related to money change or sometimes the rash driving of bus driver leading to an accidents and related. Other complaining factors inside a BEST bus are mostly co-passengers who harass / abuse women, refuse to vacant ladies seat, handicap or senior citizen seats, lost + found articles etc. Below are the important factors to consider if you want to put up a complaint and some procedure to follow and keep note of within Mumbai city limits..”
An odd amount of fare, for example like Rs.7 or Rs.13 after fare hike may lead to confusion for initial days and often end up arguments between bus conductor and commuter to get or give exact change of money / currency notes. Rs.100 and Rs.500 note when inevitably given by passengers as not having change brings that weird natural expressions on conductors face and he may refuse to accept and ask for change or exact fare amount. It is also natural on conductors side as sometimes they too don’t have the fare change, and Rs.500 for a actual fare of Rs.20 to Rs.50 is also not practical. But such small situations occurs frequently and sometimes turns into an argument and word wars, Often forcing passengers to lodge a complain against the rude conductors misbehaviour. Rarely does it happens now, still sometimes when a bus doesn’t stop at its respective stop, the long awaiting person gets boiled with anger and needs to register a complaint against such careless driver. Such and many similar things like Lost + Found baggage, Women security and harassment etc happens inside Mumbai buses often and people hunts for a correct authority, helplines to detail their grief. Legal Procedure laid down by BEST organization needs to be be followed and important factors like bus tickets needs to be preserved to get the justice at BEST court. Below are some important points to be noted and procedure that needs to be followed to file a complaint regarding same.
Complain Registering Procedure
- Complaints can be registered at bus stations or a depot where complain window is available.
- Most important things to preserve is the bus ticket on which details about Bus number, driver, fare, distance, timings and bus route are detailed. This help trace the conductor and driver on BEST duty.
- At major stops and depots a senior traffic officer can be seen who checks the passengers tickets upon alighting and then signals the driver to move ahead.
- Ask that ‘man in blue uniform’ officer to write your complain by producing the ticket issued by conductor to you.
- A form which has your personal details with contact address etc will be filled as a complaint, attached it will be the bus ticket.
- Do not forget to take a quick snap of that ticket on your mobile before submitting it. An Xerox copy will be a excellent thing to be done.
- Take your complaint copy stamped signed or with any such legal procedure confirming your written complain was accepted by BEST authorities.
- The traffic officer in blue uniform gets a copy of your complaint form too.
Finally a date is fixed and you are called at BEST court to record complete detailed statement and action is taken accordingly.
- BEST Bus toll free helpline 1800-227-550 can be called alternately or a email can be sent with scan version of ticket attached to ‘transport (at the rate) bestundertaking (dot) com’.