Drive stepped up

COIMBATORE, OCT 11. The Transport Department has intensified its drive against violation of Motor Vehicle Rules by lorries ferrying construction materials in general and omni buses in particular.

The Deputy Transport Commissioner, K. Yogarajan told The Hindu that the exercise was aimed at inculcating discipline among vehicles found to be notorious for violations.

In the first phase, the lorries carrying construction materials and omni buses were taken up for the crackdown. Special teams were formed under the direct supervision of Regional Transport Officers, D. Mani (Coimbatore North), S.S. Velumani (South) and M. Rajendran (Enforcement Wing).

In the crackdown on omni buses conducted on Neelambur bypass road, Walayar, Tirupur, Palladam, Perundurai, Palani and Ooty, 87 vehicles were checked while 128 offences by other types of vehicles were also bookedon October 7 and 8.

The omni buses misused their permit by operating as stage carriers competing with transport corporations and causing a dent in their revenue. A sum of 1,39,109 was realised as fine and tax. In the drive against lorries, officials conducted checks in areas of Thadagam Road, Tiruchi Road and Ukkadam. The teams checked 368 vehicles and issued check reports for 104 vehicles. Action was taken against 28 lorries that plied without pollution under control certificate, 13 vehicles which had excess emission levels. Thirty-seven air horns were removed for causing noise pollution, 11 goods carriers for overloading, 10 vehicles for being manned by persons without valid driving licence, four without valid insurance cover. Ninety-eight vehicles were booked for various other violations.

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