Saturday, July 13, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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DTO takes time to reflect
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 12
The District Transport Office (DTO) has started a special campaign to put reflectors on the front and rear of all the tractor-trailers, bicycles, rickshaws, horsecarts and other slow-moving vehicles with a view to minimising the chances of accidents of these vehicles during late hours.

Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, inaugurated the campaign by putting reflectors on the rear of around one dozen tractor-trailer at Grain Market here last evening.

The Deputy Commissioner said that during night time the slow-moving vehicles were not visible and met with accidents causing loss of a large numbers of precious lives. He informed that the District Transport Office had arranged around 10,000 reflectors.

The Deputy Commissioner informed that the reflectors have also been distributed to the SDMs of all the subdivisions who would arrange to put them on the vehicles through the field staff of development and panchayats departments involving the other social and educational institutions. In the area falling within the municipal limits the reflectors would be put under the supervision of the Municipal Corporation officers.

He further said that the pasting of reflectors was in the interest of the drivers of these vehicles. Mr Aggarwal informed that the local firms would be encouraged to manufacture reflectors in large numbers and their outlets would be opened at important places so that the vehicle owners could easily purchase the reflectors and put up on the vehicles.

The Deputy Commissioner has also directed the officers concerned to strictly implement the directions of the High Court regarding the buses, autos and other vehicles being used to carry schoolchildren.

He asked the SDM and the DTO to involve the voluntary and social organisations to take up this campaign to the village level so that each and every slow moving vehicle could be covered.

Mr Mukand Singh Sandhu, DTO, said that the special teams of his staff headed by the ADTOs would continue the campaign with the cooperation of other departments to ensure that all such vehicles are fitted with reflectors.

Among other who were present on this occasion were Mr Davinder Pal Singh Mander and Mr Tarlochan Singh (both ADTOs).


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