Mangalore, Oct 21, 2014: Speaking to our website reporter , Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Afzal Ahmed Khan said that if any passenger vehicles were found transporting firecrackers, severe action will result against the owners. They will be liable to penal action. On the basis of permit violation, their license will be suspended and charge sheet will be filed against them.
The officials of Transport Department have warned the vehicle owners against transportation of firecrackers. Passenger vehicles like buses and autos are prohibited from transporting firecrackers of any kind. Goods vehicles have to take prior permission for the transportation of firecrackers.
The RTO said that the officials are checking vehicles round the clock near NMPT as per the direction of Transport Commissioner Ramegowda. Though illegal transportation of fireworks is not a big problem in Mangalore, officials are on alert and not ready to take any risk, he said.
Awareness essential : Assistant RTO G S Hegde said that people should not carry firecrackers in passenger vehicles. Even while transporting fireworks in goods vehicles, one should be exercise care.
The firecrackers should be placed in a closed container and the vehicles must clearly mention the name of the product and its nature outside the vehicle. “Bursting of crackers on roads may prove hazardous to the vehicles and people of locality if there was any leakage of petrol or diesel from vehicles. Along with the enforcement of law, awareness is need of the hour,” he said.
Accident Instruction to rickshaw drivers : A transport department official said that orientation will be held for auto drivers on handling accidents, to teach various skills to protect their lives, as well as to save passengers, at the conference hall of the RTO office in Mangalore, on October 28, at 3 pm. Centre for Health and Development Founder and CEO Dr Edmond Fernandes will be the resource person. The department will observe November as ‘Pollution control month’ in the state. In Dakshina Kannada district, the department will hold pollution control camps in various places including BC Road, Vittal and Bantwal.