Pune: PMPML Implements Mandatory Headphones Rule To Tackle Mobile Phone Noise In Buses, Warns Of Legal Action For Rule Violations

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Sumit Singh

Pune, 8th February 2024: With the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses catering to lakhs of passengers daily, the issue of overcrowding and mobile noise disturbances has prompted the authorities to take proactive measures. In response to numerous complaints from passengers, PMPML has now mandated the use of headphones for those wanting to use mobile phones during their journeys. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the administration taking criminal action against the violators.

PMPML operates an average of 1785 buses daily across 396 bus routes, transporting over 1.3 lakh passengers on a regular basis. The ubiquitous presence of mobile phones in the hands of passengers has led to disturbances caused by non-stop video reels, songs, and loud conversations. Recognizing the inconvenience faced by commuters, PMPML has taken steps to address the issue by making it compulsory for passengers to use headphones or earphones while engaging with their mobile devices.

The rule applies to all PMPML bus routes, covering Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad city, suburbs, and the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) rural areas.

In light of these regulations, the administration has conveyed a warning to passengers that failure to adhere to the specified rules may lead to legal consequences under Section 38/112 of the Maharashtra Police Act.

This move aims to ensure a more comfortable and respectful commuting experience for all passengers using PMPML services.