Restriction on movement of tippers upheld

Kathmandu, November 22

The Patan High Court today quashed a writ petition filed by Birwa Construction Pvt Ltd on behalf of Dolakha chapter of Nepal Truck and Tipper Transport Entrepreneurs Association against the government’s move to impose restriction on the movement of tippers in Kathmandu valley.

Baburam Dahal, registrar at the court, told THT that a single bench of judge Tek Narayan Kuwar quashed the writ petition in the first hearing without seeking reply of the defendant (the government) in this regard. Tipper entrepreneurs had claimed in the writ petition filed on Tuesday that the restriction on smooth and round-the-clock operation of tippers had violated the constitutional right to profession and sought the court’s order against the government decision.

“The court ruled that the government could exercise the powers to regulate the rules and it was the duty of tipper entrepreneurs to abide by the time schedule prescribed by the competent authorities,” Registrar Dahal said.  The court also maintained that the right to life was more important than right to profession.

Earlier, the government had decided to allow the tippers to be operated from 8:00pm to 5:00am on and inside the Ring Road, and on the Koteshwor-Jadibuti-Pepsicola stretch with effect from July 17. According to Metropolitan Traffic Police Division, it was aimed at reducing road accidents caused by tippers.

Despite the government’s restriction on the movement of tippers in valley, they continue to unleash terror on bikers and pedestrians. As many as 11 persons have been killed in accidents involving tippers in the valley in the past four months.

MTPD said tippers, cargo trucks and tankers account for nearly 30 per cent of accidents.

Tipper-hit kills one

BHAKTAPUR: A person died after a tipper hit the motorcycle he was riding in Balkot of Suryabinayak Municipality-2 on Wednesday night.

The deceased has been identified as Manoj Magar, 24, of Bardibas, Mahottari district. The tipper had knocked down the motorcycle from behind. Police said Magar succumbed to injuries while being rushed to Gwarko-based B&B Hospital for treatment. The tipper driver has been arrested for legal action.