The city traffic police on Friday warned transport operators against parking commercial vehicles on main roads. In case of breakdown, the transporters have been told to deploy at least a man to divert traffic to prevent accidents.
The decision came after a tragic accident involving a stationary truck and a car claimed a life on Friday. According to the police, the iron rods loaded on the truck were protruding at least five feet beyond the vehicle, which led to the 33-year-old’s death.
“As per law, if rods protrude out of any vehicle, the owner should put a red lantern at the end as a warning signals,” superintendent of police (traffic) MP Singh told Hindustan Times.
Singh also said that several fatal accidents have taken place in the recent past due to trucks parked on the roadside.
“We have appealed to the transporters to see that their vehicles do not harm anybody. We have also advised motorists not to drive fast as it becomes impossible to control the vehicle in case on an emergency,” he added.
The transporters said that trucks loaded with iron rods and other goods are often parked along the roads in Sectors 60, 62, 63 areas towards NH-24 and sectors 94, 95, 125, 44 and 37 areas towards Kalindi Kunj bridge as such vehicles are prohibited in Delhi during day time.
“During daytime, such vehicles often cause accidents. The traffic department does not have cranes to tow them,” said a transporter.
Transport operators on Friday said such mishaps can be averted if the city had a dedicated facility for parking heavy vehicles.
According to the members of the Noida Transport Association, more than half of the road accidents in the city can be prevented if the authority paid heed to their demand for a ‘Transport Nagar’.
“Had Transport Nagar been functional, Friday’s fatality could have been averted as trucks and other heavy vehicles would have separate parking bays,” the association president Ved Pal Choudhary.