The Union Government banned vehicles from carrying iron and steel rods, pipes or any protruding material beyond the body frame. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has deleted the provision in the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), 1989 that allowed protrusions up to one metre.
Why the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has banned trucks from carrying protruding rods?
As per the section 93 of CMVR 1989 rule, goods vehicles were allowed to carry poles or rods or indivisible load up to one metre beyond the vehicles body frame. And that was blatantly violated by such vehicles as they hardly used sufficient signs to warn motorists.
- As per the reports in 2012, approx 9,087 people were killed and 29,573 were injured in accidents related to load viz. iron and steel rods/pipe, protruding out of vehicles.
- Recently, the Supreme Court too ordered the Union Government for an explanation on a PIL seeking a ban on trucks and trailers carrying iron rods protruding dangerously and parked without any blinkers to warn vehicles coming from behind.
Thus, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways amended the CMVR, 1989 and banned vehicles from carrying any object protruding out of the vehicles’ body frame, even if it is less than a metre.