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RTA moves to check road accidents

P. Samuel Jonathan
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'The stretch between Guntur and Piduguralla is very dangerous’

With the State keen on cracking the whip on illegal plying of overloaded vehicles, the Transport Department has decided to bring cases of overloading of vehicles into the ambit of the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act, a severe act under which violators can be convicted for a maximum punishment of six months of imprisonment.

``Unauthorised plying of overloaded vehicles results in damage to roads, a valuable public property, and is the prime cause behind road accidents. Under the Act, maximum fine can be imposed under the Motor Vehicle Act,’’ Deputy Transport Commissioner, Road Transport Authority, C. Raghunath, told The Hindu on Friday.

Under the existing provisions of the MV Act, overloaded vehicles are fined Re.1 for every 1 kg of additional weight above the prescribed limits. For instance, the weight of a consignment in a container should not exceed 25 kg.

Cases slapped under the Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act are non-bailable in nature and could invite severe punishment.

The RTA was also keen on cracking down on the habit of drunken driving and would soon start a drive in coordination with the police department, Mr. Raghunath said.

Prevention of road accidents would be one of the focal areas of the RTA in the coming days. At a recent meeting held under the chairmanship of District Collector S. Suresh Kumar, a decision was taken to conduct joint surveys of all road accidents. Officers from the R&B, Panchayat Raj, Municipal Corporation and Police would survey the scene of crime and analyse the reasons for the road accidents.

On the basis of the report by the survey team, the Collector would issue directives for remedial measures.

The RTA has identified several bottlenecks and black spots on various stretches of National Highways and State Highways and submitted a report to the Collector recently.

``The stretch between Guntur and Piduguralla is very dangerous and we have identified several bottlenecks and vulnerable spots for further remedial action, the DTC said.


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