CVs contributing to more accidents?
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.