The trend has caught the attention of the police department
People travelling in large numbers in lorries and mini-vans have become a common sight on several arterial stretches in the Ambur, Vaniyambadi and Tirupattur sub-divisions. These vehicles have become one of the main modes of transport for many villagers for marriages and festivals, putting their lives in jeopardy.
A number of lorries and mini-vans packed with persons ply on the National Highway at Ambur and Vaniyambadi and Krishnagiri Road at Tirupattur. This dangerous trend has caught the attention of the police department and checks on such traffic violations are being conducted.
People, mostly from villages, resort to this kind of transportation unmindful of the dangers involved. They stand throughout the journey putting their lives at risk. “About 90 of us are picked up and dropped in a mini-van everyday from Tirupattur for construction work. It is difficult to travel like this but we have no other option,” said a woman. A shopkeeper near the Tirupattur bus terminus said the practice of heavy vehicles transporting people is very common in Tirupattur limits though there is good bus connectivity to the surrounding areas. “Some persons also take to this kind of transportation as it is cheap. Many travel to work in lorries and mini-vans,” he said.
According to police officials, people often use this mode of transport to attend marriages, functions, festivals and political meetings. “It is extremely dangerous to transport large number of persons in a lorry or mini-van but many are unmindful of risks involved. An accident involving such vehicles could result in major casualty. When we find such vehicles packed with people, we make the persons alight and let them off with a warning. We do not file cases,” said a police officer in Ambur.
In fact, the Superintendent of Police, Vellore, has instructed the department to prevent such modes of transportation, he said, adding, “It is mostly people from villages who prefer to travel by vans and lorries. It is important that we make them aware of the dangers involved and the fatalities that it could cause. We are planning to launch village-level awareness meets next month and our police personnel will create awareness on avoiding such transportation.”
A senior police officer at Vaniyambadi said the department was conducting checks on such vehicles. “For example, people prefer to travel by lorries or mini-vans if they want to go to places such as Alangayam to Kurusilapattu or to Kavalur. We do check on such vehicles,” he added.