Nalwar road accident exposes violation of Motor Vehicles Act

Special Correspondent

The truck is said to have carried 100 people

Trucks are commonly used in Gulbarga to transport people in times of marriages and functions

Savadi directs Additional Superintendent of Police and Deputy Commissioner to take stern action

GULBARGA: The Nalwar road accident that claimed lives of 12 persons and injured 70 has once again revealed failure of the officials in the Transport Department and the Police Department in curbing violation of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988.

The Act prohibits trucks, which are permitted to carry only goods and other articles, from transporting people. Transport Department officials and the police have the power to take action against vehicles violating this provision. However, it is a common practice in places like Gulbarga, Bidar, and Raichur to use trucks as a mode of transport in times of marriages and religious functions.

Trucks are preferred by marriage organisers since they come cheap and carry more number of people at a time as against NEKRTC buses which do not allow overcrowding or standing inside the bus.

Even in the Nalwar road accident case, relatives and friends of the bride were travelling from Bapu Naik tanda to Dhodda tanda at Yagapur in Chitapur taluk in a truck.

According to those convalescing in the Government General Hospital and the Basaveshwar Teaching and General Hospital , there were more than 100 people in the truck at the time of the accident. “The truck was packed and there was not even an inch of space available,” said Vivek, one of those injured.

In this case, district in-charge Minister Lakshman S. Savadi who visited the Bapu Gowda tanda and the hospitals, directed Additional Superintendent of Police Yellappa and the Deputy Commissioner to take stern action on such violations.

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