A balancing act on the road

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A balancing act on the road

Two-wheeler riders have often been blamed for causing traffic congestion in the City. 

In the interest of saving time and money, some two-wheeler riders carry huge loads on their vehicle, adding to the confusion on the roads. 

Most people agree that it’s common to see heavily-loaded two-wheelers in all corners of the City.

Ramya, who works with an international school, opines, “This is a common sight in areas like Yelahanka and Kodigehalli. I’ve also noticed this problem in areas like Chickpet and the City Market. Small shop owners load their vehicles with all kinds of goods.” 

   She adds, “Most motorists do this because they feel they can save money this way, but they don’t realise the danger they are putting themselves and others into.” 

“I think that out of every ten riders, at least two ride with a heavy load. This could be a hazard for anyone who’s passing by since the rider could lose his or her balance,” says Sarvesh Adukia, a chartered accountant. He recollects, “A friend of mine was once hit by a motorist who was carrying a huge load of gol gappas on his bike. This could happen to anyone.”

Ask the authorities about these incidents, and M A Saleem, the additional commissioner of police (traffic and law and order), comments, “There are no specific rules about two-wheelers carrying a load, simply for the reason that such vehicles are not meant for transporting goods.” 

He adds, “There are not many accidents related to such incidents.” 

Clement Alberts, a resident of Koramangala, comments, “Even though this might not be as big a menace as two-wheelers riding on pavements, it is still dangerous. Such vehicles slow down the traffic. It’s also dangerous when a motorist carries  items like poles, which protrude from the bike.” 

He adds, “A law should be introduced to counter this problem.”

Rakshita P U, a student, opines, “Sometimes, two-wheeler riders carry such a heavy load that one wonders whether they can see the road ahead. Strict fines need to be introduced for such offences.” She sums up, “My sister’s daughter was playing outside the compound of our house, when a bike with huge cartons almost hit her. We were lucky, but not everyone would be.” 

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