Holding the driver of an ambulance owned by the District Red Cross Society, Fatehgarh Sahib, guilty of rash driving, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) directed the driver and the Red Cross society to pay Rs 65,000 as compensation to an 18-year-old resident of Mauli Jagran, who was injured in the accident.
Following the complaint of the victim Govind alias Govinda, the tribunal held Sardara Singh, resident of Bassi Pathana district in Fatehgarh Sahib, responsible for the accident.
“Sardara Singh drove the vehicle in negligent manner. Since the vehicle was being plied without having a valid fitness certificate, the driver and the red cross society shall be liable to pay the amount of compensation with interest,” ruled the tribunal on November 20.
The tribunal, however, clarified: “In the interest of justice, the insurance company will make the payment of compensation to the claimant at the first instance and then it will be recovered from the driver and the insurer of the ambulance.”
Claim and rebuttal
Govinda, who was working as a cycle mechanic, was travelling from Sector 29, Chandigarh, to his house at Vikas Nagar in Mauli Jagran, Chandigarh, on his bicycle on April 30, 2013, at about 9:15pm. When he reached the Sector 29 kerosene oil pump, the ambulance, which was coming from the side of Modella Light Points, rammed into his bicycle.
As a result, Govinda fell down on the road and sustained serious injuries, including multiple fractures.
Claiming to be falsely implicated, Sardara Singh alleged that Govinda was under the influence of alcohol.
He said a false claim had been filed to extort money from him. United India Insurance Company Limited, in its reply, said the driver of the vehicle did not possess a valid driving license at the time of the accident.