CVs con­tribut­ing to more ac­ci­dents?

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Con­trary to the rep­u­ta­tion of truck driv­ers as the most pa­tient and safe, CVs are claimed to in­creas­ingly con­trib­ute to road ac­ci­dents in In­dia, claim in­dus­try sources. Sources point out at how heavy ve­hi­cle driv­ers are ex­ploit­ing the de­vel­op­ment of road in­fra­struc­ture by stick­ing to the over­tak­ing lane, do­ing speeds in no ex­cess of 40kmph at ties. They not only oc­cupy the over­tak­ing lane, but also the fast and slow lanes, mak­ing it ex­tremely dan­ger­ous for lighter ve­hi­cles and two-wheel­ers to over­take them, said a source. Of the opin­ion that the traf­fic au­thor­i­ties seem to be hardly ef­fec­tive, or are in­ter­ested, in curb­ing this men­ace, which is fur­ther es­ca­lat­ing In­dia’s rep­u­ta­tion as the road ac­ci­dents cap­i­tal of the world, ev­ery growth in road in­fra­struc­ture is low­er­ing the road safety in­dex, said an ex­pert. He men­tioned that this phe­nom­e­non is also ex­pos­ing how lack­ing the new in­fra­struc­ture is in de­sign with the ab­sence of a ded­i­cated lane for twowheel­ers given the speeds at which they of­ten travel on a high­way or on a road out­side a city or a town.

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