Centre directs transport commissioners to take strict action on overloaded trucks

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Kochi: The central government has demanded stringent action against overloaded trucks that ply on roads across states, including the national highways. The Union Transport Ministry has issued written directions to the transport commissioners citing the rules and the Supreme Court order in this regard.

The decision comes at a time when reports suggest that at least 10,000 lives are lost annually in road accidents, involving overloaded trucks, across the country. Further, it has been pointed out that such trucks also damage the roads.

An apex court order seeking strict action against such vehicles has also been cited in the direction sent to transport commissioners. In 2021, as many as 11,011 people were killed and 25,518 injured in 25,020 accidents caused by overloaded vehicles in the country.

Whereas in Kerala, 46 people died and 149 others sustained injuries in 154 accidents. According to figures of the Union Transport Ministry, 6.1 per cent of the total accidents in the country are caused due to overloaded vehicles.

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