Thursday, August 18, 2022

Regional Transport Authority Kohima to check overloaded trucks

Taking note of frequent breakdowns of goods-laden vehicles along National Highway 2 (Kohima-Dimapur) causing jams all along and adding to the woes of travellers, the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Kohima has decided to conduct routine checking for overloading and penalize the violators under Section 194 (l) of MV Act. According to a DIPR report, the decision was taken at the RTA Kohima meeting held in the office chamber of deputy commissioner & chairman, RTA Kohima, Shanavas C, on July 6, 2022.
The house also decided to request Oasis Ltd. and Gayatri Ltd. to allow RTA Kohima to use their weight bridge during such activities conducted by the police and monthly report to be submitted by the Superintendent of Police, Kohima to RTA.
At the meeting, the RTA Kohima also decided to direct the City Bus Operators’ Union Kohima (CBOUK) to comply with the government’s notification concerning retrofitting the buses, thereby, making them accessible for persons with disabilities. RTA stated that retrofitting would be done only at the government approved centres, which include Bimal Automobile, Dimapur, and Bhai Bhai Engineering Works, Kohima.
Further, RTA Kohima decided to direct Urban Development Officer (UDO) Kohima and Administrator Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) to make necessary facilities for persons with disabilities at bus-stops, parking spaces, and ticketing counters confirming the accessibility standards. SP Kohima has been requested to submit quarterly accident data for onward submission to transport commissioner for further necessary reports.
Taking into account the management and maintenance of town/urban roads being handed over to the urban department, the RTA Kohima decided to propose to the government to include UDO as one of the members of RTA.
Discussing the appeal made by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to exclude from the purview of entry timing for FCI trucks, RTA has, however, declined appeal because of the traffic congestion during peak hours.
RTA further decided to issue a public notice that enforcement officials of RTO will conduct routine checking of compliance and penalize as per relevant MV Act.
It was decided to inform ANTA/ 2-Wheeler Taxi Association & CBOUK to submit a detailed list of vehicle registration numbers with the names of the drivers and functioning mobile numbers and this list has to be submitted to RTO on or before July 30, 2022.
RTA has informed that no application for a Two-Wheeler taxi/ Local taxi/ Regional taxi will be entertained till further notice.


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