Enforce ban on vehicles carrying protruding loads: GOACAN

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Team B&C | NT

With several accidents and fatalities linked to vehicles carrying protruding loads in the state, consumer outfit, GOACAN is called for enforcement of a Supreme Court order issued in March 2014 banning the same.

  A proviso to Rule 93(8) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, had earlier allowed goods carriers to carry poles, rods or indivisible load protruding till a distance of one metre beyond the rear most point of the vehicle. 

However a petition before the Supreme Court by SaveLIFE Foundation resulted in a notification striking down the proviso and thereby banning vehicles carrying
protruding loads. 

 GOACAN said that, after a recent case in Borim in August 2020 and near Bambolim on January 19 2021, local print and audio visual media must be used to suitably warn all owners of transport vehicles of the consequences if the violations continue from April 1 2021. 

“It is important that an advisory be given to the Electricity Department, Public Works Department and the Water Resources Department, as many violations have been noted in transportation of protruding material in connection with works undertaken by these departments. 

We propose an enforcement drive by the directorate of transport in coordination with the traffic police for a period of 60 days from April 1- May 31 to book violations,” said GoaCAN.