The Meghalaya high court on June 10 directed action against overloaded trucks plying in the state.
Hearing a PIL filed by activist Tennydard M Marak, a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice W Diengdoh said: “In the meantime, appropriate measures should be taken to check overloaded trucks, particularly since they cause serious damage to the roads in the monsoon season.”
The court has also directed the state government to produce the records pertaining to any checkpoint in the Garo Hills for the month of November 2021.
It also asked that similar records from any check-point in the Jaintia Hills for the month of January 2022 should be produced and from any of the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya for the month of March 2022.
This was after the state government had informed that though there are several check-posts which have been set up or are in the process of being set up, because of lack of resources the ideal manning of such checkpoints or the continuous inspection of goods vehicles may not have been possible.
The Meghalaya government further said that appropriate steps are being taken to ensure that the laws are adhered to and appropriate personnel are engaged to ensure the implementation.
Marak had stated that though the laws may be in place, the problem is in the implementation thereof.
He also alleged that there is hardly any check conducted to ensure that there is no illegal movement of goods or that the goods vehicles adhere to the weight limits or specifications.