Bhubaneswar: As many as 115 vehicles were penalised for not complying with the safety standards of the MV Act in a special drive carried out on April 27 from 8 PM to 8 AM of April 28 across Odisha by the enforcement squad of the State Transport Authority (STA), said an official press release.
The Transport Department of the State government has launched a massive drive against vehicles which openly disregard Motor Vehicle (MV) rules.
Hyva, tipper, dumpers and other similar category vehicles carrying sand, fly ash, chips etc. are often found plying while flouting MV rules.
Around 1511 vehicles were checked out of which 95 vehicles have been seized for the MV offences.
Some of the vehicles did not have Rear Under-Ride Protection Device (RUPD) & Side Under-ride Protection Device (SUPD) for which fatal accidents are taking place for side and rear collision.
Many of the vehicles did not have backlights, brake lights and side indicator lamps. The Fitness Certificate (FC) of such vehicles was cancelled.
Penalties have been imposed against other vehicles for various offences. Around 78 were found to be overloaded and 68 vehicles were driving with excess speed.
Vehicles plying with overload were detained and the excess load was offloaded after compounding of challan.
These vehicles were mostly being driven by persons having no valid Driving License; often driven by helpers in a reckless manner.
On checking it was found that almost 151 of the drivers did not have valid DL, e-challans have been issued for the offence.
Around 72 vehicles were plying without valid tax, 70 of them didn’t have a valid permit and 86 did not have valid insurance.
A total of 54 drivers were found driving under influence of alcohol. Around 333 vehicles were issued challans for other offences as well.
Enforcement squads have been asked to conduct such drives at regular intervals.