The decision of the motor vehicles department and police to strengthen vigil against overloading in tipper trucks has finally forced the Tipper Truck Owners Association to avoid overloading by unscientifically increasing the body size of the vehicle.The MVD and police had started intense inspections against tipper trucks violating section 192 of the Motor Vehicles Act in January, 2014.According to the statistics available with the Regional transport Office Kozhikode, they registered 74 cases of overloading against tipper trucks in February. Besides, many incidents of tampering with speed governors, rash and negligent driving were also registered against tipper trucks during this period.
Every vehicle has a carrying capacity and overloading will affect the efficiency of the break and other systems, said Rajeev Puthalath, regional transport officer. Chances of accident will also increase if the vehicle is overloaded, he added.On detecting overloading, a medium motor vehicle will be charged Rs 2,000 as fine and a heavy motor vehicle will be charged Rs 3,000. The officials also impose additional fine of Rs 1,000 per tonne of additional goods loaded in the vehicle.From the day, we intensified drive against overloading we have been detecting 3-4 cases every day, said the RTO.Though the truck owners opposed our move in the beginning, now a group of them have agreed to obey the rules, he added.The tipper truck owners in Mukkom region have already come to terms with department officials and have put an end to overloading. Meanwhile, the tipper truck owners in Malappuram who carry out service in Kozhikode are still resisting the move, said an official with MVD.
We are not against imposing law. But tipper truck owners should not be targeted by the officials, said M A Ali, working president of All Kerala Tipper Truck Owners. The companies are manufacturing the body of the tipper truck scientifically and the officials should allow us to carry materials to the maximum capacity, he added.At present the vehicles are charged for overloading by weighing the vehicles. According to the demands of the tipper truck owners, vehicles should be penalised only if the load exceeds the body height and width of the vehicle.