Car­ry­ing loose items in open trucks now an of­fence

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Di­pak.Dash@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Clamp­ing down on trans­porta­tion of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als, mu­nic­i­pal waste and any loose items in open trucks, the gov­ern­ment has made this an of­fence un­der the mo­tor ve­hi­cles law. The new norm, which came into ef­fect from Novem­ber 2, will strengthen the en­force­ment of guide­lines no­ti­fied by the en­vi­ron­ment min­istry ear­lier this year to mit­i­gate con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion dust.

The road trans­port min­istry has added a new con­di­tion to the Cen­tral Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Rules say­ing, “All goods car­riage ve­hi­cles shall carry goods in a closed body of the ve­hi­cle or con­tainer...If it is nec­es­sary to carry goods in open bod­ies, goods shall be cov­ered by us­ing ap­pro­pri­ate cover like tar­pau­lin or any suit­able ma­te­rial.”

The gov­ern­ment has also made it manda­tory for all good­scar­ry­ing ve­hi­cles to af­fix re­flec­tive tapes at front and rear for their easy de­tec­tion at night to avoid col­li­sion. Trucks car­ry­ing dan­ger­ous goods now shall be painted white. The manda­tory re­quire­ment of two driv­ers for trucks has been done away with.

In an­other re­lief to truck op­er­a­tors, the new norms has ra­tio­nalised fit­ness test norms. As per the mod­i­fied rules, no new ve­hi­cles need to un­dergo fit­ness test dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion.

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