India reports the highest number of fatal road accidents. A number of accidents are attributed to commercial vehicles carrying protruding rods and other overloading incidents. Ministry of Home Affairs, and Government of India has directed all States and Union Territories to crack down on trucks carrying such material.
Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, vide its Notification G.S.R 152 (E) dated 5th March, 2014 has deleted the proviso to Rule 93 (8) of Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. As such, no goods carrier is permitted to carry any load that protrudes out of it.
Trucks with materials protruding out of it are banned whether moving or in stationary position. Breaking the law is a punishable under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. A hefty fine is to be levied on vehicle owners and consignors. Save Life Foundation has written to appropriate sources and DGP/Commissioners of all States and UT’s discussing swift action for such offences, requesting ban of such vehicles, while calling for strict action against defaulters.
Communication between Home Ministry and SLF includes details of over 1500 trucks reported by citizens to Save Life Foundation in support of the Report-A-truck campaign. The Union Government attaches high importance to the issue and has urged State Governments/UT Administrations to ensure no vehicles carry protruding loads.
Apart from moving towards safer roads, the development supports Save Life Foundation’s efforts to getting reported trucks prosecuted. Based on volunteer feedback, the report-a-truck campaign page shows real-time information on prosecution. Violations can be reported via whatsapp, Facebook or email.
While most cities have done well in the last few years to prevent loaded trucks from plying on city roads during the day, overloading and unsafe transportation isn’t yet being dealt with strictly. With most urban cities concentrating on housing development, transporting iron rods is an evil that jeopardises passenger commute as construction materials are carried to destination. The Save Life Foundation report-a-truck works to take action against wrongdoers.