The commuters are a harried lot due to heavy vehicles including tractor trolleys, trucks, tempos and even carts running without any check on the city roads.
Though such vehicles can't ply on the city roads from 8am to 12 noon and 5pm to 9pm as per the directions of the police commissioner, there seems to be no check on their functioning as these vehicles carrying iron bars, construction material and others, can be seen on the roads round the clock.
Such heavy vehicles are the reason behind increasing number of accidents and huge traffic snarls.
City residents say the heavy vehicles carrying tent house material, DJ systems, vegetables and fruits are running on the city roads even in the banned hours. Among these, iron bars are the biggest threat, mainly during night hours, as these dangle in the air in the goods carrier vehicles. These are hardly noticeable in the dark and the vehicles such as trolleys and carts have no rear lights or reflectors.
Sometimes, the drivers attach red flags or ribbons at the end point of the iron bars as a sign of danger, yet residents say this is not enough to avoid road mishaps.
As few months back, an overloaded truck turned turtle on Ferozepur Road in the morning hours causing traffic jam for almost five hours. The truck was overloaded with more than 100 quintal of wheat bags. Several similar accidents have been reported in the city.
The pressure horns installed in the heavy vehicles is yet another issue for the commuters, which they want to be curbed. The residents want the authorities to take immediate steps to curb this issue.
The commuters face multiple problems due to this problem. Traffic snarls take place most often and also road mishaps. Officials should take steps to curb this menace. Police should issue challans to the violators.
Gurinder Singh, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar resident
Overloading imbalances the vehicles and pose threat to the lives of others. Iron bars can be seen being transported on carts on the roads. Such a practice can inflict injuries on the commuters. This issue should be taken care of.
Mandeep Singh, city resident
We are regularly issuing challans to the traffic violators. We will continue to make efforts to curb such a menace in the city.
Richa Agnihotri, assistant commissioner of police (traffic)