According to recent reports, the Delhi government has admitted to the Delhi court with regard to its inability to tackle offending or overloaded vehicles in the Capital. The government has stated that it is understaffed to combat offenders.
The transport department of the city government made this submission during the filing of an affidavit before the Delhi High Court bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath. This was in relation to a PIL hearing that sought directions to ban entry of overloaded commercial trucks to the Capital. The government stated how it has impounded 5, 822 overloaded vehicles in the period between December 5, 2014 and November 17, 2015. The transport department has limited staff strength and could accomplish this number as per the affidavit.
The government has also given details of the total prosecuted vehicle count. This period witnessed prosecution of approximately 2, 37, 595 vehicles and 11, 336 of these have been impounded. During these 11 months, 10, 458 vehicles have been prosecuted for violating pollution norms. However, the government has mentioned how there are only 184 officials working in the Enforcement Wing and 35 of these officers are perennially on field duty. Dev Dutt Sharma filed the plea, saying that a whopping 26, 809 overloaded trucks had accidents in 2014. According to the advocate appearing for Sharma, overloaded trucks also cause 300% extra air pollution owing to diesel oil burning.