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HindustanTimes Fri,28 Nov 2014

Most vehicles on city roads plying without first-aid box

Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, August 10, 2014
First Published: 15:57 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 16:00 IST(10/8/2014)

Most of the vehicles are plying on city roads without having the mandatory first-aid kit.

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Kamaljeet Soi, vice-chairman of the Road Safety Council, said: “I checked some of the school and city buses recently, most of them did not have a first-aid kit.”

The laxity on the part of vehicle owners/operators can be grave during accidents.

Road mishaps are unforeseen but widespread; in such circumstances, first-aid kit is handy in providing some immediate relief to an injured till he has been shifted to a hospital or gets the adequate medical facility.

In this case of negligence, vehicle owners’ laxity is reciprocated evenly by the traffic police apathy, who hardly check a vehicle for a first-aid kit.

The manufacturing companies provide a first-aid box to the customers at the time of purchase of a new vehicle, but it goes missing after sometime and never replace by a new one.

The first-aid box is particularly essential in public transports and school buses.

As per section 138 (4) (D) of the Central Motor Vehicles Act 1989, first-aid kit is mandatory in all vehicles and must comprise an antiseptic ointment tube, sterilised cotton, elastic and waterproof plaster, gauze and bandage for wounds and burns.

Soi said, “The first-aid kits are needed in all vehicles, especially in school buses and public transport, but most of the vehicles are plying without it, he added.

Additional commissioner of police Harjeet Singh said: “This medical aid is mandatory under the Motor Vehicle Act.”

District transport officer Anil Garg said, “Having a first-aid box is mandatory under the Motor Vehicle Act, but very few people are having this facility in their vehicles. I have issued challans to many defaulters.”

Rakesh Gulati, sales manager at Gulzar Motors, said, “We provide a first-aid kit to every vehicle, which is a basic element during a medical emergency.”

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