Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
28-August-2012 16:02 IST
Highway Accidents Involving Cargo Vehicles
Overloading is one of the causes of road accidents. Overloaded trucks have impacted on the statistics of fatal accidents on Indian roads. As per Section 114 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, in case a vehicle is found to be overloaded, the excess load needs to be off-loaded at the cost of the driver/owner of the vehicle in addition to penalty and compounding fee before allowing the vehicle to proceed further. Road transport being a State subject the responsibility for curbing the overloading of vehicles primarily rests with the State Governments. However, realizing the seriousness of the problem, the Ministry of Rood Transport & Highways has been emphasizing States/UTs from time to time for strict enforcement of the provisions of law to check the menace of overloading. National Highway Authority of India has also been asked to take strict action against truckers overloading on National Highways which may prove a deterrent measure.

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways collects and compiles information on road accidents from Police Departments of State Governments/UT Administrations in a 19-item format devised under the Asia Pacific Road Accident Database (APRAD) project of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) region on an annual basis. In this format, information of road accidents on highways due to cargo carriers and trucks are not compiled by this Ministry.

c The information was given by the Minister of State of Road Transport and Highways, Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.