CCTV cameras, speed governors made mandatory for passenger vehicles in JKs Doda

Following a recent road accident in the Doda district that claimed at least 39 passenger lives and resulted in injuries to over 20, the Jammu and Kashmir government has mandated that all passenger vehicles, particularly matadors and buses, have CCTV cameras installed.

A meeting in this regard was held in the mini-conference hall of the DC office in district Doda to strengthen safety protocols and closely monitor transportation operations, The Tribune reported.

Deputy Commissioner Harvinder Singh chairman Regional Transport Authority (RTA) and the District Road Safety Committee (DRSC) issued directives to make it compulsory for every passenger vehicle to have essential information, including PCR and traffic toll-free numbers, driver and vehicle details, and the authorised speed limit for the respective road. Furthermore, Singh emphasised the installation of speed governors in all passenger vehicles to keep check on overspeeding, the report adds.

In order to guarantee quick emergency response, an audit of the district’s Advance Life Support (ALS) ambulance fleet was also mandated. A number of issues pertaining to road safety were discussed, to reduce the risks involved in commuting.

The DRSC also made the decision to identify black spots with visibility of less than 100 metres and to carry out a road safety audit within 20 days in order to proactively address potential hazards. To improve safety measures, emphasis was placed on installing speed limits. Stringent measures, including checkpoints in sensitive areas to monitor overspeeding and overcrowding, were also mandated to ensure a comprehensive approach to road safety.

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