Bus Services - Over-booked
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With an increasing number of people going to bus service providers for bookings, there are instances when they overbook a bus service.
In such a situation a few passengers may not get a seat and may have to travel uncomfortably or may have to forfeit their travel plans entirely.
If you find yourself in a situation where bus service is overbooked and it’s the bus service’s fault, you have a right to legal remedy.
Overbooking may cause various issues, discomfort, unsafe journey, no availability of seat and delay being the few.
You can raise a complaint and claim reimbursement for the lack of service and deficiency or otherwise.
If your issues are not addressed in due time, you can escalate your issue to the consumer forum.You should know
- All bus and coach operating companies have different rules relating to customer issues, try and go through their customer care policy before making a booking.
- You must always complain to the bus company directly if you have a complaint about the service and give as much detail as possible.
- If you cannot settle your complaint directly with the bus company you can escalate the matter by approaching a court of law.
How to file a complaint against a private bus company?
- You should raise the issue with the bus driver or the conductor if there’s a problem during the journey. They should be able to assist you immediately.
- If there’s a complaint before or after the bus journey, you should file a written complaint at the consumer grievance redressal cell of the concerned bus service provider. If there's no such department in place, then you should approach their immediate contact person.
- By experience, your complaint should be resolved within 7-10 days. If the bus company fails to do so, or if you are not satisfied with the outcome, then you have the option to escalate the matter at an appropriate consumer forum.
- Before approaching the consumer court, you must serve a month's notice to the bus service provider to allow them a chance of rectification. If they still fail, then you should file a formal consumer case under "deficiency of service".
I booked a bus journey through an online portal or a third party
The online bus booking portal or the third party will only be concerned with your issue if they have made a mistake while making your booking. However, you can contact them to understand more about your issue and the related redressal procedure.
How to file a complaint against a state-owned bus service?
In India, every state has its own mode of transportation services. Such buses are owned and regulated by the state. In case of a grievance, you have to raise your issue with the state authorities only.
If you have a complaint against Delhi Tourism Corporation (DTC) bus service
- DTC has a dedicated complaint redressal cell to deal with consumer complaints. You can file a complaint through their telephone helpline or by sending an email through Resolver.
- If your complaint is not resolved or if you're unsatisfied with the outcome, escalation of your issue can be made to the Public Grievance Commission. You also have the option to approach an appropriate consumer forum if you want to take legal recourse.
- The State Transport Department of Bhopal has a dedicated helpline for lodging complaint against overloading of passenger buses and other vehicles. Complaints submitted through WhatsApp are also admitted. Bus drivers violating traffic laws and rules can be fined.
- The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport bus undertaking, also known as ‘BEST’ bus service in Mumbai entertains complaints pertaining to the rude behaviour of the staff, over speeding of buses, reckless driving, etc. The undertaking will act on your complaint and reach to a conclusion within two weeks.
- The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation hears complaints against bus operating staff during the journey, insanitation at depots, substandard food served at depot's restaurant or poor services.
Can I complain against the pollution caused by buses?
Yes, you may complain against the pollution generated by buses to the respective State Transport Department.
How can I complain against a Volvo bus or a tempo traveller?
The procedure of complaining against such bus coaches is similar to that of complaining against a private bus service.
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