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Why there's blood on roads

In 2004, 1,825 people were killed on Delhi's roads. Of these, 1,000 were killed by speeding trucks alone.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 02:36 IST

In 2004, 1,825 people were killed on Delhi's roads. Of these, 1,000 were killed by speeding trucks alone.

As per a Supreme Court order, heavy vehicles cannot speed beyond 40 kmph within city limits. To ensure this, trucks and buses are fitted with speed governors. But the vehicle inspection unit at Burari recently tested some 100 heavy vehicles and found this: Despite the speed governors, most buses and trucks were doing 80 kmph, easily. One even went up to 100 kmph.

"This was an eye-opener even for us," said an official of the Transport Department. All heavy transport vehicles, registered in Delhi, too failed the test.

The heavy vehicles had gone to the mechanised and simulated testing unit at Burari to get their annual fitness certificate renewed. Of the 100-odd tested, only one went back with the certificate.

Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf told Hindustan Times that he has received complaints and the figures of buses and trucks failing the test at the Burari unit. "No fitness certificate would be given to these vehicles unless they have a valid speed governor installed in them and they cannot ply on the roads," he said.

Yusuf said that he has ordered a drive to check the speed governors of the buses and trucks for the safety of not only the passengers but also the other vehicle drivers on the road. "Not only the fitness certificate but even the registration would be cancelled if such vehicles repeat the offence regularly," he said.

When some sincere officials inspected the vehicles which came for fitness certificate, they found that a fresh black box had been installed in the buses. "These were not the mandated speed governors as there was no instrument in these black boxes to limit the speed of the vehicle to 40 kms per hour as directed by the Supreme Court," said an official of the department.

While the speed governor kit of a standard company costs around Rs 35-40 thousand, the roadside mechanic fitted a simple black box at a cost of 5-8 thousand. Then the vehicle owner used to bribe the official inspecting the vehicle to get it "passed" and obtain the annual fitness certificate.

"We believe that only one percent of commercial vehicles actually have valid speed governors in the city and the rest are violating the apex court orders," said the official.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 02:24 IST