Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government’s Transport Department has launched a massive drive against vehicles flouting Motor Vehicle (MV) rules.
The State Transport Authority during a surprise check as part of the special drive against such vehicles from 8.00 PM on May 10 to 6 PM on May 11 across Odisha cancelled the fitness certificate (FC) of 465 transport vehicles.
The STA’s enforcement squad issued challans to 350 vehicles for having non-functional tail lamps/headlights or retro-reflective tape.
Retro-reflective tapes are mandatory in commercial vehicles as per rule 104 to 104E of Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR). Using these tapes reduces the safety risk at night and in times of low visibility. Commercial vehicles are often found plying while flouting these CMVR.
Around 2,468 vehicles were checked during the special drive, out of which 406 vehicles had defective tail lamps, 34 vehicles were found with defective headlights and 128 of them had defective retro reflective tapes.
The drive was extensively carried out in regions having industrial and mining activities as it is most commonly seen that many goods vehicles plying in these regions do not comply with these MV rules causing accidents during the night.
Enforcement squads have been asked to conduct such drives at regular intervals. In the recent past, many serious accidents took place at the night causing loss of precious lives.