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Overloading of trucks shall never stop because the mechanism prescribed for this in the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has scrupulously made the anti-overloading provisions jocularly porous. Just sample it :

The Government of Maldives has terminated it’s contract with Indian infra-structure giant, the GMR, for constructing the Male International Airport, owning it and operating it for next 25 years.

 

With the holy intention of modernising the goods road transport, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRT&H) introduced a Bill in the Parliament by the name Carriage by Road Act. This was some time in 2004. Following elaborate processes this Bill could be enacted only in the year 2007. For enforcement of this Act a Working Group was formed under the Chairmanship of then Joint Secretary, MoRT&H Shri S.K. Dash, who had also overseen the earlier process till the Carriage by Road Act, 2007 was passed by the Parliament and assented to by the President of India.

 

 

Overloading of trucks is infamous for causing excessive air-pollution, it causes disproportionately higher damage to roads, it is responsible for large number of accidents. These are the oft-repeated negative aspects of trucks operating on highways, normally with two to three times of the prescribed gross vehicle-weight.

Between the two major modes of surface transport, the share of goods road transport compared to the railways, has grown to over 70% as of now from a meagre 15% in early 1950s. This happened because the users were attracted to “its” inherent merits like door to door service from consignor to consignee points, convenience, speed, flexibility etc.

 

In the beginning of the current financial year the Law Commission for England and Wales, alongwith the Scottish Law Commission, proposed for repealing upto 800 laws, some dating back may centuries, because these were either “Spent, obsolete, unnecessary or otherwise not now of practical utility.”


 

Since independence perhaps it is for the first time that the same person sitting in Transport Bhavan, is incharge of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and moving across the road to Rail Bhavan he is incharge of Railways. The person enacting this role of Ardnareshwar is none other than the scholarly, articulate, dynamic and progressive Dr. C.P. Joshi.

 

nsurance is a business full of scope for discretion and manipulations. Conscience of these the Government, with best of intentions to protect the insureds, appointed a regulator the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) as it’s eyes and ears. This Authority is intended to perform the dual task of safeguarding the interests of the insurers and simultaneously keep an eye on the role and responsibility of the insurers, in order to prevent them from indulging the activities prejudicial to the interests of the insured.


Anybody, who has even cursory acquaintance with dynamics of commercial goods road transport sector, would know that over 80% of the cargo moved by road is handled through the goods transport agents (GTAs). He would also know that these GTAs normally abhor possessing their own goods carriages.

 

 

 

 

Exasperated with the callousness of the concessionaire responsible for constructing the 225 km. Delhi-Jaipur Express Highway, the police on 28th August was compelled to file a criminal case against him. “The problem was big and the contractor company did not take it seriously. We have booked PCEPL officials for causing danger to commuters, blocking the way and putting emergency services on hold, said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Shri Ravinder Kumar Tomar