Lakhs of road accidents are taking place in India every year with the result thousands of people are losing their precious lives in such accidents. The road network and vehicle population has been growing at a very fast speed, this has also led to a many road accidents. This is a big cause of worry as most of the accidents caused are by men behind the wheel. However, continuously efforts are being undertaken for educating the drivers and also towards their responsibility of safe driving. To further this cause, the support of the Traffic Police of Panvel was requested to join hands with Maharashtra Truck Owners Association to celebrate the Road Safety week and organize a program to educate truck drivers. The mission was mainly to educate the drivers about their responsibilities.
To avoid traffic accidents and to spread awareness among the masses, this year Road Safety awareness program was organised from 3rd January to 17th January 2014 by Central Govt. We want to involve all the citizens in this road safety awareness campaign, educate them and create awareness about the Road Safety discipline to minimize fatal road accidents and save lives. We want to suggest here, a Road Safety awareness program should have to be organized by 365 days in a year. During Road Safety Mission-2014 Maharashtra Truck Owners Association team, led by Chairman Shri Rajendra Kumar D. Sharma in association with Mumbai Local Vahatuk Sangh & Maharashtra Rajya Motor Malak Sangh, conducted special programs and events, like expert lectures on Road Safety, Street show of College students, Free Medical health check up camp, etc. With the Maharashtra Truck Owners Association team, were participated Shri Krishnakumar- Addl.Commissioner of Police South Zone, Shri K. T. Golani- RTO Mumbai, Shri Babasaheb Azari- RTO MUbai (E), Shri Himanshu Pande- Senior commander C.I.SF., Shri Narsingh T. Sherkhan- Asst. Police commissioner (Traffic) & Shri Prasanna Patwardhan- President of Mahasangh to the collective Importance of Road Safety discipline and instructed to make sure, we can save more lives. In this Road Safety Mission-2014, around 500 Drivers, Cleaners & others haveparticipated & taken Guidance, Entertainments & Free Medical Health Checkup. Maharashtra Truck Owners Association team provided Tea, Biscuits and Snacks to the all participants Drivers & Cleaners. Also lunch was provided by Mr. Sukhwinder Singh of M/s Jitender Roadlines.
Accidents are a major cause of death and disability, for example, one person dies every hour from accidents in India and we are spending lots of money each year on the treatment of injuries, and accidents are the greatest risk to life. Accident prevention is one of the priorities known in 'Saving Lives. The medical check-up of Drivers has to be started with an intention to control the accidents on Roadways. Hence, Maharashtra Truck Owners Association team, led by Chairman Shri Rajendra Kumar D. Sharma in association with Mumbai Local Vahatuk Sangh & Maharashtra Rajya Motor Malak Sangh. The camp has been organized in association with Cipla & Mumbai District Aids Control Society. MTOA also tied up with CIPLA and provided free medical check up for the drivers. The Drivers with sickness were given free medicines. At the same time, drivers also underwent an eye check up. The diagnostic tests were taken in the program such as Eye check up, Acidity, Asthma, Hemoglobin, Bones Density, Smoking and HIV/AIDS. The advice was given by doctors to the Drivers & Cleaners in this regard, as a starter course and free medicines were supplied to them as prescribed by the doctors and a significant contribution to road safety. CIPLA has given specialized services for Drivers & cleaners which preventive diagnostics to wellness. It is our hope that this small help will help to communicate our very big thanks for their liberality. We look forward to a continuing joint venture with them. Thanks again for their sympathetic support. We hope that they will continue to partner with us in our commitment to prevent the Road Accident & Medical relief to the poor. We express our deepest thanks for Cooperation for the function of Road Safety & Medical Health Check up Camp with us. Liberal help from the following, provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission. 1) M/s BLR Logistics Pvt. Ltd. 2) M/s MFC Transport Pvt. Ltd. 3) M/s Continental Transport Organization Pvt. Ltd. 4) M/s Bharat Kumar & Co. 5) M/s J. M. Kothari & Sons 6) M/s Shree Dashmesh Transport. 7) M/s Thacker Transport Service. 8) M/s Akhil Transport 9) Maharashtra Rajya Motor Malak Sangh
With lakhs of road accidents occurring in India every year and thousands of people losing their lives to these accidents, how sure can you be that you will be get back home safe today? This was the sentiment echoed by not just the common man, but the police officials as well. The road network and vehicle population has been growing at a very fast pace, but that also led to a spurt in road accidents, Naturally this has got everyone worried because most of the man behind the wheel and not the technology that drives the wheel. However, efforts are on to continuously train the man behind the wheel, but as Mr. Namdev Chavhan (Depute Police Commissioner, Navi Mumbai) put it wonderfully, “You can teach a person to drive, but you cannot teach him to drive safely. That depends entirely on the person driving the vehicle”. Therefore the Traffic Police of Navi Mumbai joined hands with the Maharashtra Truck Owners Association to celebrate the Road Safety week and organised a program for truck drivers. The mission was not just to educate them about safe driving, but much beyond that. Celebrating the 21st Road Safety week, MTOA and the Traffic Department of Navi Mumbai put up a mega event at Kalamboli in a bid to create awareness amongst the drivers. The drivers were shown films and given lectures on safe driving. However, in a bid to attract drivers, the organizers also tied up with Khushi Clinic and provided free medical check up to the drivers. Drivers with ailments were given free medicines. At the same time, drivers also underwent an eye check up and those with vision problem were given free spectacles. There was also provision for entertainment for the drivers in the form of games, prizes, mimicry, magic shows etc. It was nice to see the drivers being treated so well definitely a welcome sign. The evening saw the emergence of leading police officials of Navi Mumbai and surrounding areas. There was a band which welcomed the leading police officials. But the hard work behind the scene was done by the members of MTOA, led by the Chairman – Mr. Gangadhar Agarwal. We were informed that for the last one week Mr. Agarwal focused solely on putting up this event and making it a grand success. The Chief Gust for the event was Mr. Prashant Thakur (MLA). The dais also saw a host of leading police officials, which included Mr. Namdev Chavhan (Deputy Police Commissioner, Navi Mumbai) Mr. Ankush Shinde (Deputy Police Commissioner, Panvel) Mr. Shrikant Dhivre, Mr. Suresh Thote, Mr. Ankush Shinde, Mr. S. K. Dubal and Mr. Dattatray Patil. The program was anchored by Mr. Sandeep Joshi, who happens to be an Astronomist and Scientist. The program started with the lighting of a lamp, after which the huge gathering of truck owners and drivers were given information about the Road Safety Week. Mr. Suresh Thote informed the gathering that the Road Safety week was being celebrated for the last 20 years throughout the country. He said that aim of organizing this was to bring down the number of accidents by educating motorists and creating awareness amongst them. He added that the ultimate goal was to ensure that every citizen of the country got back home safely. He informed the gathering about the activities carried out through the day and how drivers not only benefited from the same, but enjoyed it as well. Mr. Thote praised the efforts of MTOA in organizing this program and thanked them for the same. He informed that MTOA had made provisions for 700 reflectors, which would be fitted behind trucks, He praised the MTOA team, led by Mr. Gangadhar Agarwal and said that all of them were very keen to work for road safety and making it a grand success. Mr. Dattatray Patil made a heart rendering speech on the importance of road safety and what aspects a truck owner or driver must look at while driving. He said that the definition of safe driving was to complete the journey from the origin to the destination safely. He said that before starting every trip, the truck and/or driver must check if the vehicle is road worthy. He further explained that the driver must check the following parameters in the truck and ensure that they are in perfect order • Engine oil, gear oil, brake oil. • Seat adjustment according to driver’s comfort. • Rear view mirror setting. • Vehicle documents. • Stepney, Tool kit, etc. • Tyre pressure. Mr Patil said that besides checking the above, the driver must also see if he is ‘road worthy’. This, he added, can be done by regular medical check up. He urged the drivers to get them checked periodically and ensure that their senses-eyes, nose and ear are in good shape. He said that the aim was to have not just good drivers, but healthy drivers. Mr. Parsuram Katke (General Secretary – MTOA) said that the association had pledged to educate the drivers in the region so that the number of accidents could come down. However, he added that drivers have to be treated will and with respect, which will ensure that will respond positively to all kinds of training.
Science & Technological advancement has brought about a revolutionary change in the world’s transportation system. There are Ships, Cargo Plans & Railway carrying merchandise in huge quantity’s from the country one end to another, But still the utility of road transport has not been negative. On the contrary, its importance has been enhanced because of the peoples conscience & other growing needs, Peoples demand in the remote village other than urban areas, can only be met by trucks & other improvised carrier’s like Truck-Tractors and the like. In fact, road transport is a vital link between the urban areas & the rural cities. Trucks cannot move without the road. India lack the network of roads which in other words, means road to progress. As statistics show India only spends even less than one percent of its national income towards improvements of roads. It is really a sorry state of affairs because the lesser the communication facilities, the dearer the goods for the rural Folk, 75% of whom still live beyond the poverty line. Since independence within 66 yrs of Independence several National Highways have come into existence & --too new roads have been build-up. These all fall for short of need in comparison with the mounting demand for communication facilities. And the built up roads are also in bad conditions & are-- vehicles operations. The Planning authorities have always given thought to this vital problem, but unfortunately after completion of several five years, a huge backlog remains in so far as road building is concerned. Interstate & National Permits, now in vogue is another handicap to the Road Transport Ind. It is surprising that a country like India a Truck operators requires Permits for traveling from one state to another. It seems an achromatic to the constitution & it requires fundamental rights of a citizen. The mode of Taxation on operators various from state to state & the road tax 100%. It is unfortunate that not a uniform tax rates could be introduced all over the country. It looks like a game, “Go as you Like” &, I believe, it corrodes the very conception of the national integrity. Collecting taxes & other measures of collecting money for the Ex-chequers have become a menacing problem. It is not that an operation ties to evade tax. What oppress him most is the harassment he has to undergo at the various Check Post in the country to suit the conveniences of the officers. If the Government could have devised any other method to enhance its Ex-chequer from. It would have been better for the country because, in that case a few individuals who are now custodian for the enforcement of measures, could not have flourished economically. Moreover, the detention of truck coupled with underhand deal makes the citizen suffers & it means a closal waste to the National Economy. Transport Industry is a venture, which has so far not been favoured with any Government Assistance directly it has grown at the 100% of enthusiastic entrepreneur. Although it has an possibility to at least to a for action of our huge army of unemployed youths, the Government has done little to help flourish the industry. On the contrary, it has often taxed the industry without caring for us survival. It is time that the Government should take appropriate measures in this direction. RESPONSIBILITY IS A TWO WAY STREET-- WHICH IS ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING-- MAHARASHTRA TRUCK OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION represents your interest only as long as you accept responsibility for supporting MAHARASHTRA TRUCK OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION our mutual responsibility & support of each other is never ending a necessity WHENEVER&WHEREVER there is a Transport Job, a service to be performed, a means of livelihood to be stressed, or a right to be protected SPECIFICALLY Every INDIAN WHOSE LIVELIHOOD depends as any way upon any Phase of the Indian Trucking Industry must accept a measure of responsibility for its past successes & failures, as well as a share of responsibility for whatever the future may hold. WE ALL HAVE A JOB TO DO ? ARE YOU DOING YOURS ? We strive to FOSTER & ENCOURAGE FRIENDSHIP & contact between those in the TRUCKING IND. & those directly associated with us, for it is through such contacts that Mutual understanding & helps can be achieved. We stand as one group representing the TRUCK OWNERS, the carriers in the TRUCKING IND. IN ANY matter relating to Motor Carriers. As the Proverb goes “IN UNITY & NUMBERS THERE IS STRENGTH” MTOA - MAHARASHTRA TRUCK OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION IS ONLY AS STRONG AS THOSE SUPPORTING IT.