Negligent Driving Caused Palem Volvo Accident, Government Tells HC
The cause of the major road accident at Palem village in Mahbubnagar district on October 30 was prima facie found to be negligent driving and the road geometry at the spot, transport commissioner G Anantha Ramu told the High Court here on Wednesday.
He submitted an affidavit before the court pursuant to its notice in a PIL by M Ram Mohan Rao urging the court to constitute a high-power committee to enquire into all technical and operational aspects and action taken against the authorities for their lapses in the road mishap.
The vehicle belongs to Diwakar Road Lines and is on the rolls of the RTO, Bangalore, since November 2, 2011. The government has entrusted the case to the CB-CID, besides ordering a detailed enquiry by two senior IAS officers. Investigation by police is in progress, the official said. Road accidents in the state have come down in 2013 and 2012 compared to 2011 and 2010, he said.
He brought to the notice of the court that the Centre has notified that all types of transport vehicles manufactured and registered after April 1, 2014, shall be fitted with speed governors with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour.
He submitted that he had conducted a meeting with the officials of Volvo company to point out the possible inadequacies in technical and safety aspects of the vehicle so that the company will come out with required rectifications.