Heavy vehicles without reflector strips and proper tail lights will have to face police action from January 1. The decision to this effect was taken during a recent meeting convened by IGP Vipin Maheshwari.
The officials concerned have been asked to check accidents occurring due to vehicles parked on roadside without reflectors and back light.
Maheshwari asked the officials to make drivers install reflectors on their vehicles for increasing visibility during night hours.
ASP (traffic) Anjana Tiwari has issued instructions to traffic police officials for compliance of the instructions within a couple of days. Traffic police will also conduct a campaign and ensure that all vehicles have reflectors and tail-lights to avoid collisions. Traffic department will identify buses, trucks, dumpers, trailers, mini trucks, Tata magic etc and penalise them if they don’t find reflector, radium and backlight on them. It has been observed that a number of accidents occur due to vehicles parked on roadside with no backlight, reflectors, hazard light, parking light etc. Following which, many vehicles ram into the parked vehicles in night. Of late, there has been a rise in such accidents on Bypass, AB Road, Ring Road.
Praful Joshi who works with an NGO said, “Such accidents occur on highways, road with no street lights, roads with no footpath or are dug up on either side forcing drivers to park their vehicles on road.”
“Over speeding and careless driving is the main reason behind such accidents. Missing tail-lights and reflectors add to the number of such accidents,” said Joshi. “Apart from reflectors and tail lights, the traffic department should ensure that vehicles are not parked on road and at runs in particular,” added Joshi.