Aged commercial vehicles taken off roads: Govt

JAMMU: All commercial vehicles that are more than 25 years old have been taken off the roads in Jammu and Kashmir, the government said Monday.
“All 25 years or older commercial, passengers vehicles have been taken off the road and all 15 years old or older passenger vehicles have to undergo mechanical fitness test in a year,” the Minister of State for Transport, Abdul Ghani Kohli, informed the Legislative Council.
He was replying to a calling attention notice by Dr Shehnaz Ganai.
Kohli said quick rescue operation teams headed by respective District Development Commissioners have been constituted in the hilly districts across the state.
Special vehicles fitted with modern gadgets have been allotted to Traffic Police for patrolling of the Srinagar-Jammu, Batote-Kishtwar and Jammu-Poonch highways, he added.
He said the move was taken to check traffic violations such as over-speeding, overloading, and driving under the influence of liquor.
The government has banned purchase of 4-wheeled Tata-407 Mini Buses in the districts of Reasi, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur, and Doda (including Kishtwar, Ramban areas) from 2010 to avoid frequent road accidents.
“Procedure of driving license to drive a public service vehicle has been made more stringent,” he added.
Alternate roads, he said, have been developed to link Kishtwar-Doda region with Kashmir via Sinthan top in Kokarnag. Mughal Road has been constructed to facilitate shortest road link for twin districts of Rajouri-Poonch with Kashmir Valley while Kishtwar-Kokarnag road is an alternate link between Jammu and Kashmir divisions, he added.
“The road safety programmes by Motor Vehicles Department are being regularly held to educate the stakeholders including students, transporters, and drivers, who are directly involved in the road safety traffic management,” he said, adding that 365 programmes were held in schools and colleges while 485 were meant for drivers.