PASSENGER BOATS RULES ,TABLE OF FARES,
of Number of Crew and Passengers
U L E S
title and application :
These rules may be called the Port of Bombay Passenger Boats Rules,
They shall apply to the port of Mumbai.
In these rules unless the context otherwise require :
'boat' shall include any mechanically - propelled vesssel;
'attendant' of any boat shall include a serang, tindal driver,
lascar and boatman.
Places from which boats to ply for hire :
may ply for hire from any one or more of the following landing places from
which they shall have been licensed to ply :
Mody or Carnac Bunder;
Price's & Victoria Docks;
Sewree Salt Fish Wharf.
Boats plying for hire not to lay alongside landing places longer
than necessary and to obey orders of the Police for regulating traffic:
plying for hire at any of the landing places mentioned in rule 3 shall not
be laid alongside any such landing places or gangway ladders longer than
actually, necessary to embark or land passengers and their luggage, etc.
but shall be kept off at a distance at least 30 meters from such landing
places or gangway ladders so as not to obstruct the approach thereto and
the licencee or other attendant of the boat shall obey any orders given to
him by the Police for the regulation of the traffic at the landing places
or gangway of vessels.
Licenced boats not to go alongside a vessel under way unless called
by Commander :
licenced boat shall go alongside a vessel under way unless specially
called by her commander.
Touting for hire at a distance forbidden :
and boatmen are forbidden to tout for hire at a distance from the landing
places to the annoyance of people passing by.
Tindals and boatmen not to carry on the business of a hawker :
and boatmen are forbidden to carry on the business of a hawker.
No person to keep or let for hire any boat without a license and
without/. being numbered :
person shall keep or let for hire any boat without having a license in
force for the same and without having the registration number allotted to
it painted or branded on such parts of the said boat and in such manner as
registering authority may direct.
Mechanically propelled vessels not allowed to ply from certain
mechanically propelled vessel shall be allowed to ply for hire from any of
the landing places mentioned in items 1,3,5,7 and 8 of rule 3 and no
licence shall be issued for the purpose.
Notice to be given of change of residence :
licencee shall give notice of any change in the place of his residence as
entered in the
license to the Deputy Conservator in writing.
Licenses when and by whom to be issued :
for keeping or letting for hire of any boat shall be valid for one year
unless suspended or revoked earlier, in accordance with the provisions of
rule 15 and may usually be granted on the 1st of January in
each year by the Deputy Conservator on application.
When Deputy Conservator may refuse to grant license :
Deputy Conservator may in his discretion refuse
to grant any such license for any boat which he may consider to be
unfit for conveyance of the public or to any applicant whom he may
consider, on account of age, bad character, or for any other reason, unfit
to be entrusted with the same.
Fees for license :
any licence granted under rule 11 there shall be levied a fee in
accordance with the class of license granted, as shown in the following
of Fees to be levied on granting of license
Rs. 15.00 ps.
Boat, Dingies, Mutchwas, Prows, etc.
Hodies, Pagars, Sumbooks, etc.
Duplicate license Half of the above fees.
Licenses to be renewed annually :
Deputy Conservator shall, as soon as possible after the 1st day
of January in each year, renew the licenses on payment of the prescribed
fee by the licensees. While renewing the license, it shall be open to the
Deputy Conservator to alter or reduce the number of the landing places
from which the boat is licensed to ply.
that nothing herein contained shall prevent the Deputy Conservator from
refusing absolute to renew the license of any boat which he may consider
to be unfit, or the owner or licensee or other attendant of which he may
consider for reasons to be recorded, unfit to be entrusted with such
further that the licensee or other attendant of a mechanically propelled
vessel shall not, by reason of any license granted under these rules, ply
such vessel for hire without a valid Certificate of Survey granted to such
vessel under the provisions of the Inland Steam Vessels Act, 1917 (I of
Deputy Conservator may suspend or revoke licenses :
the event of any licensed boat being at any time found unfit for the
conveyance of the public or of the licensee or other attendant thereof
appearing unfit to be entrusted with the charge of the same or of the boat
being used for any purpose other than that for which the license is
granted or in case of breach of any of the provisions of these rules, the
Deputy Conservator may suspend or revoke the license after giving the
licensee an opportunity to be heard.
Boats whose license has been suspended or revoked not to ply for
hire until restoration or renewal of license :
owner of any boat, the license of which has been suspended or revoked
shall not permit the same to ply for hire before he shall have obtained a
restoration or renewal of such license from the Deputy Conservator.
Suspended or revoked licenses to be returned to the Deputy
or revoked licenses shall be returned to the Deputy Conservator within 24
hours of such suspensions or revocation.
Deputy Conservator may issue duplicate licenses in certain cases :
proof of a license having been lost or mislaid or the particulars written
in such license having been accidentally obliterated or defaced, the
Deputy Conservator may grant a duplicate license on payment of the fee
prescribed in rule 13.
Licenses not transferable without the sanction of the Deputy
Conservator endorsed thereon :
license granted under these rules shall be transferable without the
sanction of the Deputy Conservator endorsed thereon. Any transfer made
without such sanction shall forthwith render the license null and void.
No person to use or authorise the use of a license, for a boat
other than that for which it has been issued :
Deputy Conservator shall keep a register containing full particulars of
each boat as entered in the license thereof, and no person shall use or
authorise the use of license, for a boat other than that for which it has
been issued, as
apparent from the register.
Boats not to carry passengers in excess of the number licensed to
No licencee or other attendant of a boat shall carry or permit to
be carried by the same more passengers than the number such
boat is licensed to carry.
The number of passengers and crew to be carried by any mechanically
propelled vessel shall be in conformity with the number detailed in the
Certificate of Survey granted in respect of such vessel under the Inland
Steam Vessels Act, 1917.
Number of a boat to be open to public view :
No licencee or other attendant of a boat shall, in any manner or by
any means, conceal or permit to be concealed from public view the number
of the boat, nor shall he in any way attempt to prevent or obstruct any
person from taking or noting the number of such boat.
Licensee not be permit persons in a boat without the consent of the
licensee or other attendant of any boat, the whole of which has been hired
or taken by one or more persons, shall permit or suffer any person to be
carried in or upon such boat without the express consent of the person or
persons hiring the same.
Licensee always to have with him license, etc. and to produce the
same when demanded by hirer or passenger :
licensee or other attendant of a boat shall always have his license and
rules and table of fares with him, and shall on demand produce the same
for the information of any hirer of, or passenger by, such boat.
Rules and table of fares to be prepared in the office of the Deputy
Conservator and issued to applicants on payment of price:
and tables of fares relating to boats shall be prepared in the office of
the Deputy Conservator, and shall be issued to all applicants on payment
of 50 P. for each copy.
Licensee not to refuse to give way to any private boat or obstruct
any public boat:
licensee or other attendant of a boat shall refuse or neglect to give way,
if he conveniently can, to any private boat nor shall he obstruct or
hinder the licensee or other attendant of any other public boat in
embarking or landing any persons from such boat.
Licensee to be sober and obedient to hirers and to keep his boat
licensee or other attendant of any boat shall at all times during such
employment be sober and shall obey the reasonable orders of the
persons hiring or using his boat, and shall always, when plying for hire,
keep the inside of his boat clean.
Licensee not to demand pre-payment of fare or refuse to convey
persons desirous of hiring, or refuse or delay to proceed with reasonable
expedition or demand more than legal fare or anchor or lay off than
appointed pier or bunder:
licensee or other attendant of any boat plying for hire shall demand
prepayment of his fare, or refuse to convey any persons desirous of hiring
his boat or delay to proceed with reasonable expedition or exact or demand
for the hire thereof more than the regulated sum, or anchor at or lay off
any other pier or bunder than that for which his license is granted:
that the Deputy Conservator, where he so thinks fir, may, on application
by the hirer of any such boat, allow the boat to anchor or lay off any
pier or bunder other than the one for which
the license in respect of such boat has been granted.
Dispute between licensees and hirers to be referred to the officer
in charge of the nearest Police Station:
case of any dispute, the hirer of any boat may require the licensee or
other attendant, and the licensee or attendant may require the hirer, to
proceed forthwith to the officer in charge of the nearest Police Station,
who shall, if necessary refer the matter to a Magistrate for decision.
Licensee or other attendant bound to ply for hire when required by
a Police Officer:
licensee or other attendant of any boat shall be bound, when required by a
police officer to do so, to cause the same to ply for hire.
Property left in a boat to be deposited in the office of the
Commissioner of Police and returned to the owner:
left in any boat shall be forthwith deposited by the licensee or other
attendant in the office of the Commissioner of Police, to be returned to
the person who shall prove to the Commissioner of Police that the same
belonged to him, on payment of all expenses reasonably incurred.
Penalty for breach of rules :
commits a breach of any of the provisions of these rules shall on
conviction by a Magistrate be punishable with fine which may extend to one
hundred rupees under section 54 of the Indian Ports Acts, 1908.