A Hoshiarpur resident has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking directions to Punjab over the plying of overloaded tractor trailers (‘trolleys’) on roads in the state.
In his public interest litigation (PIL), Prem Singh said tractor trailers were being overloaded while transporting sugarcane produce to mills. “The action of tractor ‘trolleys’ is not only a danger, rather it is in violation of the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act.” The petitioner also urged the high court to issue the directions to the state government to take action against defaulting operators under relevant sections of the act and restrain them from overloading tractor trailers.
The petitioner has also stated that in July, he had approached the secretary, department of cooperation, and the deputy commissioner, Hoshiarpur, on the matter, but they did not take any action.
He had also approached another bench of the court in October, which directed him to take up the case with the division bench as it belonged to the category of PIL. The bench of acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta, while admitting the case, has adjourned the hearing for December 9. The petitioner has also accused a Hoshiarpur mill owner of indulging in overloading of trucks and tax evasion.