47 killed in water tankers accidents this year: DIG Traffic

KARACHI: As many as 47 people were killed by water tankers accidents this year in the metropolis, Karachi Traffic Police Deputy Inspector General Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh told on Tuesday.

DIG said they had initiated a drive against negligent and untrained drivers of water tankers who have posed grave danger to motorists and pedestrians in the city now days. He said he had directed officials concerned to take action against overspreading vehicles operating on the city’s busy roads as well as on inter-city roads, particularly water tankers.

Amir said after Supreme Court’s notice taken against dumper-trucks in the busiest areas of the city during peak hours, traffic police had bound those dumper-trucks to operate on fixed routes, where traffic flow is smooth and low. But when they started taking action against water tankers, transport mafia interfered into their duties and created hurdles for them, he added.

Amir said it is observed that a large number of motorists slip on different roads due to the water seepage on the road by tankers. He said stern action had been taken against those water tanker drivers since last week in the city. He said there was dire need that all departments related to transport come under the same umbrella in order to make traffic flow smooth.

On occasion, DIG informed that as many as 1193 vehicles were impounded for causing water seepage on roads due to their faulty walls, 9520 drivers were challaned, while 933 negligent drivers were arrested for repeatedly ignoring instructions of traffic police. He said they wanted full cooperation from government and other relevant departments to make the drive a success.