ACP Udaya Nayak’s Flash Response to Traffic Violation
Mangaluru: Often one finds within the city and around material like steel rods and sheets being transported in Tempo vehicles, autorickshaws and lorries with their ends jutting out along and across. This poses danger to other vehicles and pedestrians.
The owners and drivers of lorries may not even be aware that the Motor Vehicles Act restricts the loading area to the parameters of the chassis of the vehicle. Or maybe kind of a ‘chalta hai’ attitude is the order of the day.
Citizens keep cursing those who indulge in such things, but just keep quiet, going no further. But there are a few who decide to do something about it.
Passersby in Kulai saw a heavy truck parked by the side of highway earlier this week, laden with steel rods and other materials.
The ends of the loaded stuff were projecting much outside the body of the lorry in different directions.
Some cyclists passing by spoke about it and objected to the driver and the conductor. All they got in response was abuse and audacious attitude.
The citizens immediately clicked snaps of the vehicle as evidence of the hazardous way in which it was loaded and circulated them in social media like Facebook. The matter immediately came to the notice of city’s traffic subdivision assistant commissioner of police, Udaya M Nayak.
He instructed his men to take action. The driver was pulled up and a fine of Rs 1,100 was slapped on him for negligence, hazardous mode of transport and inappropriate behaviour with the public.
Speaking to this writer about this episode, Nayak said that many complaints of this kind were being received and attended to every day. He also cited a case of a woman complaining against an autorickshaw driver on Saturday, May 28. Action was taken immediately.
Officers like Nayak deserve full praise and support for their people-friendly attitude. This should also be a lesson to those who use the social media for negative purposes than for good acts.
Besides, citizens should take a cue and act similarly when traffic rules are violated.