Court directive to prevent road accidents largely remains unimplemented

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke
Court directive to prevent road accidents largely remains unimplemented

Dec 1, 2014-

Although Court directives apply to all concerned and authorities are responsible for ensuring their implementation, the recent directive issued by Appellate Court, Nepalgunj regarding prevention of road accidents has largely been limited to the city so far.

In the wake of series of road accidents taking place in the country as a result of passenger overload in public transport, the Court had issued an interim order to concerned authorities including Banke and Bardiya Police Offices and Department of Transport Management to implement traffic rules strictly. The Court had issued the directive under section 117 of Motor Vehicles and Transport Management Act, 1993, preventing passenger vehicles plying long and medium routes from carrying passengers beyond their capacity.  However, apart from vehicles plying the Nepalgunj-Kohalpur section, majority of drivers of public vehicles remain in violation of the Court order. Especially, light passenger vehicles have been found violating the Court order by continuing to carry passengers beyond their capacity.

“Police have not been able to stop public vehicles from carrying passengers beyond their capacity,” said advocate Bishwojeet Tiwari, who had filed a writ petition at the Appellate Court stating that violation of the recent Court directive regarding prevention of road accidents stood directly in contempt of the Court.   

Following the Court order, police have started  a drive to remove cargo carriers from the roofs of public vehicles ferrying passengers in the district in a bid to prevent road accidents. They have also started arresting drivers of public vehicles carrying passengers beyond their capacity and releasing them only after making them attend classes on traffic rules and safety.

However, the campaign has been limited to urban areas where the presence of security personnel is relatively higher than the rural and remote parts in the country where the directive remains unimplemented.

“We have arrested four drivers of public vehicles carrying passengers beyond their capacity as of Friday, but it will take some time to fully enforce the directive,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Sushil Singh Rathaur of District Police Office, Banke. However, many still remain ignorant about the recent Court order that prevents passenger vehicles plying long and medium routes from carrying passengers beyond their capacity

“I have witnessed tightened security but I do not know about any such court directive,” said driver Shankar Sunar, who has been driving on the Nepalgunj-Gulariya section of the Postal Highway.

Over the period of three months from mid-July to mid-Oct, 41 people have lost their lives and 119 injured in 110 reported cases of road accidents. During the last fiscal year, 513 accidents were reported costing 254 lives and leaving 561 injured, in the region.

 

Published: 02-12-2014 09:49

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