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Bizarre? Tamil Nadu Bus Conductor Faces Action For Pigeon Travelling Ticketless

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| September 10 , 2017 , 15:49 IST

Extending the rule to allow no one a free ride on public transport without valid tickets, a conductor with the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) is facing action for allowing a pigeon to travel on the window of a public bus without a ticket.

The only government bus connecting Harur town and the remote tribal village of Ellavadi, was travelling through a forest area with 80 passengers aboard when near the outskirts of Harur, transport department inspectors stopped the bus to check tickets of the travellers.

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The errant pigeon was reportedly perched in a window of the bus, keeping a drunk passenger company, who claimed he was "having a conversation" with the bird.

Spotting the bird, an inspector asked the conductor if the pigeon had been issued a ticket, quoting a rule that states that tickets are mandatory for animals and birds travelling on the bus. The conductor replied that the passenger was not carrying the pigeon at the time of boarding and therefore no ticket had been given for the bird.

Nevertheless, the inspector issued the bus conductor a memo.

According to transport department rules as quoted by an official, conductors should collect one-fourth of the full fare for every 30 pigeons carried by a passenger, however even the official commented that the rules don't mention charges for transporting a single pigeon.