Overloading of trucks, buses, Matador or any other vehicle is not exception now but has become rule in most part of the state particularly in the area where traffic police either not manned or remain apathetic towards their duties. Moreover this is neither allowed as per traffic rules nor desirable for the safety of public. Ironically, the driver or owners of most of these vehicles ignore this very vital rule for their short term gains but pay heavy price when met with road mishap, causing immense loss of lives.
In addition, the road surface also gets damaged due to over-weight vehicles. The trucks carrying construction material like wooden logs and iron often protrude outside the vehicle posing threat to other road users. As per provision of Motor Vehicle Act, such vehicles should have red light and warning red flag to indicate the probable danger. But these rules are seldom followed by users.
Stashing goods way beyond the capacity of the vehicle is a regular phenomenon. Many a time, vertical loading is so high that the vehicle becomes quite unstable due to upward shifting of the vehicle’s centre of gravity. Trucks overloaded with hay after cultivation of wheat crops are a common phenomenon in the city and its suburbs. Hay is often found hanging outside the vehicle up to one metre on all sides of the vehicle and other vehicles find it difficult to overtake or follow such trucks.
Now, a question arises as to why traffic police personnel ignore overloading and do not enforce traffic rules strictly? It is learnt that drivers flouting rules often grease the palms of traffic police manning various Chowks and Nakas, which is both morally and legally wrong. Driver of the overloaded vehicles at times losses control on the vehicle particularly in hilly areas, resulting into fatal accidents.
They generally take advantage where very few traffic police personnel are deployed or not deployed particularly in hilly or remote areas. With growing strength of vehicles in the state, traffic police is understaffed and not able to control the vehicles. Our government has to increase strength of traffic police in commensurate with increasing strength of vehicle to tide over the problems.
Every year hundreds of innocent lives are lost in road accident and the main cause of these accidents is overloading of vehicles. It is important mention here that traffic rules are framed to ensure safety and security of vehicles and other general public but not to harass the common man. The people have also the responsibility of cooperating with traffic police.
They should not take board overloaded vehicles. In order to avoid overloading, both traffic police and general public have to consider their duties. Both should realize need to put an end to the overloading and overburdening of the vehicles. Every life is precious. The need is to put an end to the menace overloading and see that precious lives are saved.