Trucks ply on City roads, despite ban

Trucks ply on City roads, despite ban

Commuters suffer most, especially during peak hours

Trucks continue to ply on City roads despite orders stricting their movement, much to the chagrin of road users. Commuters suffer the most, especially during peak hours in the morning and evening. 

“We are late to work many a time because we are stuck behind slow-moving cargo trucks. There are no policemen to control them. If we try and ask for way, the drivers abuse us,” Ashutosh M, a commuter, said.

Mahindra S, another commuter, said the movement of these trucks is dangerous. “Their zigzag movements and sharp turns at junctions are extremely dangerous. I see them passing by or parked on vacant sites, when I drop my children to school every morning. I wonder why the traffic police and transport officials are not taking any action against them,” he said.

Citizens point out that many trucks enter the City from Magadi Road, Tumkur Road, Bannerghatta Road and Mysore Road. 

According to traffic experts, the State government has brought in a rule prohibiting the movement trucks and heavy vehicles on City roads from 6 am to 9 pm, exempting fuel-carrying vehicles. 

“But this rule is not being followed. Rules remain only on paper and not on roads. We can see all types of trucks moving on City roads throughout the day,” observed traffic expert M N Srihari. 

However, traffic police say the rule does not apply uniformly to all City roads.  Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic) B Dayananda said the rule prohibits the entry of trucks and heavy vehicles on City roads from 8 am to 8 pm, but this is only in the BBMP limits and the central business district areas. 

In the case of outskirts, trucks are restricted during peak hours, that is, 8 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 9 pm. But the blanket ban is from 8 am to 8 pm. He said the traffic police last year booked 37,000 trucks for entering the City during restricted hours. Authorities of the transport department say that it is the duty of the traffic police to implement rules and restrict truck movement.

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