New Delhi: Delhi Transport Corporation has initiated disciplinary action against 246 drivers and 158 conductors after finding them guilty of dereliction of duties during a drive launched last week.

"Disciplinary cases have been initiated against 246 drivers and 158 conductors so far," a senior Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) official said.

The drive was launched to improve services and identify lacunae in DTC's bus operation.

The main objective of the drive was to sensitize the bus crew towards their duties, basic etiquettes while dealing with passengers and to have a vigilant approach to ensure overall safety.

So far, 8,894 buses were checked across the city.

During the course of the drive, 958 drivers and conductors were found without uniform while 120 cases of improper parking and 30 cases of not stopping the bus on designated bus stop were reported.

The drive, launched on February 16, will go on till February 29.

While nine cases of mobile phone usage by drivers while driving the buses were also reported, seven driver and conductors were found smoking on duty.

A total of 690 passengers were found travelling without ticket, the DTC official said.