International Road Federation (IRF) , a Geneva based global body working for better and safer roads world wide has stressed on strict enforcement of Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) and Supreme court order banning vehicles from carrying rods, pipes or any protruding material beyond the body frame.
“Despite blanket ban on carrying of protruding and dangerous materials beyond the body frame various vehicles including trucks, tractors and animal pulled carts are openly flouting rules on both National as well as State highways under the nose of concerned authorities’ Said Mr K K Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation (IRF) .
“The precious lives of AIIMS doctors who were killed in fatal road accident on Yamuna Expressway recently could have been saved if the ban on vehicles carrying bars and pipes beyond the body frame had been strictly enforced as the Mini Truck the victims vehicles crashed into was illegally carrying protruding material beyond the body frame. ” said Mr Kapila.
“India has a dubious reputation of having the highest number of road accidents in the world. The nation accounts for about 10% of road crash fatalities worldwide. Thousands of motorists die every year in accidents caused by trucks and other vehicles parked recklessly on highways, many with iron rods protruding from their body frames.” Said Mr Kapila.
“ Strict enforcement of this law by both central and state authorities will make sure that such materials carried in a truck or trailer remains within the length of the vehicle or trailer. An awareness campaign also needs to be run to educate truckers and consignees.” He added.
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