Transporters riled by police effort to mitigate accidents

- Moti Lal Poudel, SURKHET
Transporters riled by police effort to mitigate accidents

Dec 11, 2014-

Following a string of accidents, a campaign to book the drivers and their assistants involved in the crash under the public offense act and impound their vehicles has been started in the district.

Stating that they had started the campaign to decrease the number of road accidents (as well as the resulting fatalities) caused primarily due to the failure of the drivers to abide by the traffic rules and regulations, Chief District Officer (CDO) Yagya Raj Bohora appealed to all the stakeholders concerned to help them in this endeavour.

Police have impounded 37 vehicles and arrested 23 drivers and their assistants as of Wednesday. The District Administration Office informed that the arrested drivers and their aides have been booked under the public offense act and sent to seven-day custody. Bohora said that the police had taken the drastic step as the arrested drivers and their aides had behaved improperly with the policemen who had detained them for carrying passengers beyond the seat capacity of their vehicles.

In response to police action, the transport workers have halted all public transport in the district since Wednesday evening.

Taking out a rally on Thursday morning, the transport workers demanded that the arrested drivers and their assistants be released at the earliest and that all charges against them be dropped. The protesters said that they will not resume transport services in the district unless their demands are met.

Meanwhile, appealing for calm and restraint, CDO Bohora said that the transport entrepreneurs committee themselves had agreed to punish those not abiding by the traffic rules and regulations and that they could not backtrack on their promise and resort to strike. Adding that the guilty will be punished soon, Bohora said that they were trying their best to bring the situation to normalcy and resume transport services. 

Published: 12-12-2014 10:45

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