Can’t carry waste in open trucks
New Delhi: Clamping down on the menace of transportation of construction materials, municipal waste and any other loose items in open trucks, the government has made this an offence under the motor vehicles law. The new norm, which has come 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 (CMVR) 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 other suitable material.”
A ministry official said the absence of any specific norm in the CMVR was a problem so far as vehicles carrying construction material or garbage without covers could not be penalised. “Now traffic police and transport department personnel can take action against the violators. The new norm has become applicable from November 2,” he added.
The government has also made it mandatory for all goods carrying vehicles to affix reflective tapes at front and rear for their easy detection at night to avoid collision with other vehicles. The trucks carrying dangerous goods now shall be painted white.