Road safety

CM Yogi insists on strict observance of traffic rules, road safety

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath insisted on strict observance of traffic rules with special emphasis on road safety and ordered officials to take action against encroachments along highways, national highways, Department of public works, city roads and others by conducting a joint campaign with the departments concerned.

On Friday, Yogi ordered officials to take the strictest action against people for illegal recovery by traffic police, transportation, geology and mining and GST personnel under the zero tolerance policy towards corruption. In this regard, detailed guidelines have been issued by the Home Office to all Divisional Commissioners, District Magistrates, four Commissioners of Police and all District Chiefs of Police.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that by focusing on removing encroachments, illegal parking lots and illegally operated roadside auto, taxi and bus stops, the officers had been instructed to take effective action.

“It will also ensure that traffic on public roads is not obstructed,” he said.

Officials have been instructed that no vehicles such as school buses, private buses, Ministry of Transportation buses, privately contracted buses, trucks, two-wheelers and four-wheelers are allowed to operate without the certificate of aptitude. They were further instructed to stop vehicle overloading and take effective action under the Gangster Act/Goonda Act against operators of illegal vehicle parking lots/stands.

The directive further stipulated that vehicles should not be allowed to park at entry points in major cities and that legal action should be taken against affected dhaba owners if vehicles were found parked by the roadside. by dhabas without parking.

To avoid overloading, special checks must be carried out to ensure that trucks are loaded to the prescribed capacity.

Instructions were also given to the departments of geology, mines and transport to carry out joint campaigns to stop illegal transport/overloading of minerals.

The directive further states that the National Highway Authority of India and the Department of Public Works should mark the black spots and put up a sufficient number of signs indicating schools, markets and important places, speed limits, modes, etc. . He said speed checks should be carried out at all toll booths and breath analyzers should be used to check if drivers were intoxicated.

Officials were urged to put up signs in major public places and use FM radio channels to raise awareness about traffic rules and road safety, especially among school children and students. The directive emphasized developing public awareness not to use mobile phones while driving and not to perform stunts on the roads.

Detailed guidelines have also been issued by the government regarding the management of urban roads, cleanliness and beautification, increasing the revenue of municipal bodies and working for the urban poor and to achieve the goal of Smart City.