The Universal Human Rights Organisation,a non-governmental organisation,has filed a public interest litigation against the Secretary Transport Department,Punjab,government and private agencies,Divisional Manager Railways Ferozepur division and Ambala Cantonment for violating the Motor Vehicle Act 1988 under Section 113 ( 3) (b)
The laden weight of transport vehicle is specified on the certificate of registration and the loading of any substance beyond that is not allowed,the Act stated.
Satnam Singh Dhaliwal,president of the NGO,said,We filed a writ petition against overloading of trucks on May 26 in Punjab and Haryana High Court (PIL PWP 9974/2010 ). Following this,the joint bench comprising Chief Justice Mukul Moudgil and Justice Jasbeer Singh have issued a notice to the state government,Divisional Manager Railways Ferozepur and Ambala Cantonment,about a dozen government and private agencies to produces at the High Court on September 16.
Dhaliwal said,Only Food Corporation of India loads its trucks as per the rule,while all others have been violating the Motor Vehicle Act. But the government as well as private agencies have been violating this. We have also procured the gate-pass issued by different agencies to the trucks,which reflects sheer violation. A truck approved of carrying 15 tonne weight is issued the gate-pass of 20-25 tonne,while of 9 tonne approval is issued the gate pass of 15 tonne.
He further said that the trucks which are sent to Pakistan are also over-loaded and it is very ironical that none checks up the overloading of these trucks even at the border.
Advocate B P Singh Gill who is Chairman of this NGO said,We demand from the government that any Act should be implemented properly and there should be no violation.