Shillong, Nov 8 (UNI) East Khasi Hills District administration has decided to conduct mobile courts to check plying of over-loaded trucks, particularly those carrying coal, on National Highway40 passing through the districts in order to ease traffic snarls and accidents.
According to East Khasi Hills D C Bhalang Dhar, the mobile courts, starting next week, will mainly seek to ensure through imposition of penalty that trucks loaded with more than 15 metric tonne of coal do not ply on the NH-40, hampering smooth flow of traffic and causing further damage to the road.
''Besides preventing trucks, overloaded with coal, from running on the NH-40, the mobile courts will try to check regular traffic jams and accidents along this highway,'' Mr Dhar told reporters here yesterday.
Mr Dhar said the district administration had already issued orders to coal-laden trucks plying along Jowai-Shillong-Guwahati Road to restrict their loading to 15 metric tonnes.
As per the Motor Vehicle Act, a truck carrying load of 16 metric tonne will have to pay a fine of Rs 7000, Mr Dhar added.