Carrying loose items in open trucks now an offence
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.