Gurgaon police cracks down on overloaded trucks, 21 dumpers seized in last 2 days
Owners of the trucks were booked at police stations in areas where they were impoundedgurgaon Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:45 IST
As part of a drive by the Gurgaon police to prevent overloaded vehicles, especially trucks laden with heavy materials, from plying on the city roads, 21 dumpers were seized over the last two days from across the district. The impounded dumpers were carrying stones beyond permissible limit, the police said.
While 12 dumpers were impounded on Sunday night, nine more were seized on Saturday. All the drivers, except one, were also arrested the same night they were caught driving the overloaded dumpers, the police said.
While the permissible weight depends on the size of the dumpers, most of the ones impounded by the city police were haiba trucks, which are allowed to load up to 25 tonnes of goods. The trucks, however, were weighing 50 tonnes, the police said.
Gurgaon police PRO Ravinder Kumar said all officers have been directed to take strict action against operators of overloaded trucks, as they had received numerous complaints from the public and even environmentalists.
The drive was launched in the light of the recent hit-and-run incidents on highways, police sources said. Over the last week, at least two unidentified persons were found dead and nine others were injured in separate hit-and-run accidents across the city, the police said.
The PRO told HT that though checking of trucks plying on highways is routine, it has increased since the rains started.
“We have launched a special drive before the onset of monsoon, as overloaded trucks often get stuck in the mud during rains. Such breakdowns often lead to snarls on highways,” Kumar said.
On Sunday, two dumpers were seized near Gwal Pahari police post in east Gurgaon. Another was seized by the Sector 10 police in west Gurgaon. Nine more were impounded in south Gurgaon — one in Sohna Sadar, one in Sohna City, three in Badshahpur, two in Kherki Daula, one in Sector 37 and another in Manesar.
While all drivers were arrested on the spot, the one at Sector 37 managed to flee.
On Saturday, two were seized from Gwal Pahari and seven more were impounded in south Gurgaon. Of the seven, three were impounded at Manesar, two at Sohna, one at Kherki Daula and another at Sector 37.
The trucks have been kept outside police stations in areas where they were seized. The dumpers, which were seized at Gwal Pahari, have been kept outside DLF Phase 1 police station.
Cases against owners of these dumpers have also been filed in the respective police stations.
All FIRs have been filed under sections 279 (rash driving), 336 (act of endangering life), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code(IPC) and Section 3 of prevention of damage to public property (PDPP) Act.
The drive is likely to continue through the monsoon season.