Job Safety

October 18, 2006

Killer Trucks

Here is an article by V. Srinivas Ram in the Times of India, 10.18.06 as a reminder that it’s not just a problem in the US.

HYDERABAD: Killer trucks are on the loose in the city. There have already been 34 deaths due to trucks in the first five months this year.

The accident on Monday, where eight persons were injured when a truck ran amok at Toli Chowki, is just the latest in the list. This accident happened on a route ‚ NH-9 leading to Mumbai‚ where trucks are permitted. But there are hundreds who are getting away with rash driving on restricted routes in the city. Heavy vehicles are banned from arterial roads, Sardar Patel Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Raj Bhavan road, Charminar road, Bank Street ‚ in the city. The situation is even worse in Cyberabad. In areas such as Habsiguda, L B Nagar, it is a free for all.

Moreover, there has been a spurt in accidents involving heavy vehicles on main routes like Mettuguda-Tarnaka, Dilsukhnagar-Malakpet and Retibowli.

In 2004, 85 people were killed by trucks in the city, while the figure was 67 in 2005. According to a UN report, truck driver fatigue due to long hours and sleeplessness was a major cause of accidents. The report suggests states develop trip sheets to overcome this problem, pointing out that 1 pm to 4 pm was the time most of the accidents involving trucks were taking place. Incidentally, the accident at Toli Chowki happened at about 2.30 pm.

Places such as Medak and Nalgonda surrounding the city are also highly-accident prone.