Last week, after a mini bus going to the Statue of Unity collided with a goods truck, seriously injuring 13 passengers from Surat and killing a youth named Chitrang Desai, who had come from the US, the State Transport Commissioner called for action against the RUPD without vehicles. Ordered. Rear under-ride protection device (RUPD) has been made mandatory for heavy trucks, trailers, hiwa, semi-trailers, Eicher etc.
RTOs have been ordered to impound such vehicles as 7000 people die on highways every year due to lack of RUPD in Gujarat. It is mandatory to install RUPD behind trucks, trailers, tempo and other vehicles. There are increasing cases of cars and small passenger vehicles running behind heavy goods vehicles on the highways. According to the RTO official, heavy vehicles without RUPD will not be allowed to pass, if the old vehicles do not have the device behind then they will need a fitness certificate. Will not be given, such vehicles will be impounded and registered.
The government has also told vehicle manufacturers that RTOs will not allow new heavy goods vehicles if they do not have rear under-ride protection devices. Ashok Leyland and Tata Motors have reported sales of new heavy vehicles with RUPD equipment. According to a study conducted by the state government, the number of deaths and injuries in such incidents is alarming as passenger vehicles hit the rear end of heavy vehicles, causing fatal injuries by sliding under the heavy frame of the passenger car. This is related to improper design of the rear under-ride protection device (RUPD). Which are attached behind heavy vehicles.
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