Restriction on movement of tippers in valley

KATHMANDU: Following a spate of death of bikers and pedestrians knocked down by tippers, the Ministry of Home Affairs today directed all district administration offices in Kathmandu valley and Metropolitan Traffic Police Division to enforce the ban on movements of tippers from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm.

A MoHA source said the DAOs and MTPD would make necessary arrangement to prohibit the movement of tippers on major roads, including on and inside the Ring Road of the valley with effect from July 17. After the rule is enforced, they will be allowed to ply the valley roads from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am only.

According to statistics released by MTPD, as many as 108 cases of road accidents were recorded during the period from June 15 to July 11, and tippers were involved in 40 of the accidents.

Royal Subedi (18) of Bhaktapur was killed when a tipper hit the motorcycle he was riding pillion in Jadibuti yesterday. Rider Aman Dhungel (18) was injured and is undergoing treatment at the National Trauma Centre. Police have arrested the tipper driver.

As many as seven persons have been killed by tipper-hit in the valley in the past one and a half months. Water tankers and tippers account for nearly 30 per cent of accidents due to negligence, speeding and non-compliance with traffic rules.

The victims of accidents caused by tippers and water tankers are motorcycle and scooter riders, and pedestrians, traffic police said.