Traffic Police Hold Awareness Talk on Safety for Truckers

Traffic Police Hold Awareness Talk on Safety for Truckers

Mangaluru: An awareness talk for tanker and container truck drivers was held at Nandaneshwar Temple Hall, Panambur here, on June 18.

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ACP of Traffic, Uday Nayak addressing the drivers said that nowadays accidents due to negligence of the drivers have increased. Recently the negligence of a driver caused the death of 5 people on the spot in Valachil, with 2 more being seriously injured.

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He further said that the owners of trucks should ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy before using them. The owners should also do regular emission tests and a proper maintenance of their vehicles. Drivers should also check the locking system of container trucks before they start their journey. Most drivers do not follow lane discipline, and sometimes they drive at very high speeds. All drivers should follow lane discipline as well as drive within the speed limit. Driving at high speeds will not serve the purpose but it may end up in causing tragedies, said Nayak.

Traffic (North) Police Inspector Manjunath also spoke on the occasion.

Drivers who attended the awareness talk shared their grievances. Some drivers said that the owners do not provide them with an additional crew of a cleaner or a helper, so they need to drive alone in the night, which is very dangerous. Some said that while driving long distances, they feel uncomfortable and if they have a cleaner or a helper, it will be easier for them to drive during the night when traffic on the roads is minimum.

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After listening to their grievances, ACP Uday Nayak said that notices would be issued to the owners who refuse to appoint cleaners or helpers in trucks.

More than 40 truckers took part in the awareness talk. The president of the Container Association, Ravi Poojary was also present.

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