Latest measures announced by govt to minimise E-way accidents include strict action against vehicle owners

Mumbai: The State government announced a host of measures including strict actions against owners of transport vehicles in order to minimise the number of accidents on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, transport minister Diwakar Raote announced after hurriedly convened meeting of road safety committee here on Tuesday.

“We have decided to take action against owner of the erring transport vehicles along with the drivers and would even consider suspending or cancelling their licences,” Raote said after the meeting which was attended by PWD minister Chandrakant Patil, MOS Home Ram Shinde, MSRDC minister Eknath Shinde, MOS transport Vijay Deshmukh and several of the transport officials.

“Eightly five per cent of accidents are caused due to errors made by the drivers while only 15 per cent accidents can be attributed to technical faults.

Hence, we have decided to carry out intensive vehicle inspection drive twice a month,” the minister said.

He also added that the toll plaza would soon be equipped with alcometer to detect cases of drunken driving and the express way would be equipped with CCTVs, speed guns, speed control systems etc.

“It has come to our notice that many a times drivers are made to work more than eight hours. To avoid this we are planning to introduce a smart card system that would have complete information of the drivers along with their working hours.

We have also decided to take action against vehicle owners as many a times they are responsible to make the drivers work for longer hours,” Raote said.

The minister also said that all the new highways that would be developed in the state will have provision for all the safety and security measures like CCTV cameras, speed guns and speed control measures.

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