The practice of transporting people on goods carriers remains unchecked in most parts of Erode district.
Though the district administration and the police issued warnings, owners of goods vehicles continue to transport people in many parts of Gobichettipalayam, Sathyamangalam and Kodumudi blocks. In a few parts, goods vehicles are even found being operated as stage carriers. This had led to several road accidents in the district. At least 10 persons were killed and a number of others sustained injuries during the last six months in the accidents involving goods carriers that transported people.
“A majority of the goods carriers were found overloaded while transporting people. Overloading ultimately led to toppling of the vehicle because of non-stability, resulting in loss of lives,” a senior police official here pointed out.
The police and the transport departments had received widespread complaints from general public.
But the officials were yet to initiate any sustained efforts to prevent the practice.
Road users complain that the authorities conduct drives to check this practice only when major accidents occur. Steps should be taken to conduct drives on a regular basis to check this practice. Stringent action should be initiated against the owners and drivers of the goods carriers, if they are found using the vehicles as passenger vehicles, they demand.