Punjab transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar on Friday issued directions to various departments to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of commuters and avoid traffic accidents caused by foggy weather this winter.
Stating this, the minister stated that during the winter, when the visibility was low due to the weather conditions, the number of road accidents increased, but these could be prevented by taking simple measures.
Kohar has directed all district transport officers to ensure that vehicles such as tractor-trailers, rickshaws and cycles that have no lights must have reflectors so that they may be visible to others on the road.
"Such commuters are at a very high risk of fatality and incidents involving vehicles with no lights are very high during this time of the year. These accidents can be prevented with the help of enforcing mandatory reflectors on these vehicles," said Kohar.
He also instructed the public works department to put up signage, informational hoardings and milestones for the safety of the public. He has asked the officers concerned to ensure that wherever there is any road repair or construction going on, warning signages must be placed. Also, for bridges that do not have any railings, especially in rural areas and along canal banks, iron or concrete fencing be built on priority.
All traffic and police officers have been asked to ensure that traffic rules are followed and enforced strictly. They have been instructed to take serious action against violators, especially those involved in drunken driving, speeding or parking/stopping on flyovers and elevated roads.
Offences such as overloading of merchandise in transport vehicles or people in buses or autorickshaws will be challaned heavily or worse. He also asked the meteorological department to give daily predictions about the weather so that commuters could be well-prepared.