Rs.3.25 lakh imposed as fine on erring drivers
The Motor Vehicles Department has intensified its enforcement drive during night time in the city, especially along the Aluva-Edappally-Aroor stretch of NH 47.
Though the emphasis is on inspecting goods vehicles, fines are being imposed on other motorists too who were commuting in violation of rules. The rule violations detected include overloaded lorries and inter-State buses, sounding of air horns, permit violations, defaults in paying road tax, improper or invisible number plates, driving sans wearing helmet and seat belt, and overspeeding.
The enforcement drive during the past couple of days was led by Motor Vehicle Inspector Biju James. On Wednesday night, Rs. 3.25 lakh was imposed as fine on erring motorists. “Action was taken against Tamil Nadu-registered lorries that ferried goods loaded within the State to another destination within the State, since it is a permit violation. Many luxury buses plying to Bangalore were found carrying huge quantity of bulk cargo, in violation of contract-carriage rules. Buses should not be plying as parcel service vehicles,” said Vinod Kumar, Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector of the department's flying squad.
Only goods belonging to passengers can be carried in the buses, especially so since loading buses with huge quantities of cargo was a safety risk. Action was also taken against lorries with a width of over 2.60 m that transported cars and other goods.
The NH is a haven for these vehicles registered in other States.
The MV Department in Kerala does not permit registration of vehicles which illegally add their width, length and height since they pose danger to other motorists.
Cement mixers, container lorries and other goods carriers often ply sans proper number plates or have mud and cement smeared over the plates. The rear guard of many goods vehicles are fitted in such a way as to cover the number plates. Thus, it is difficult to hold them accountable in cases of hit-and- run accidents.
Action was also taken against autos sans meter and vehicles plying with for-registration board. Light vehicles have to pay Rs. 2000 as fine, while heavy vehicles must pay Rs. 5,000 for the offence. The driving licence of a school bus driver has been referred for suspension since he was chatting on the cell phone while driving.