Can’t carry waste in open trucks

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | THAT CHOKING SENSATION - Di­pak.Dash@ times­

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.

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