Despite a ban on the entry of heavy vehicles in the city during the day time, Ahmedabad traffic police seem to have made it a habit to ignore it as much as the errant drivers do.
While the city police commissioner keeps issuing and renewing the notification barring the entry of heavy vehicles, on Sunday afternoon, a speeding bus crushed a 22-year-old woman at Shivranjani junction in what could be seen as a blatant violation of the rule.
On paper, police do not permit heavy vehicles, including private buses, to enter the city between 8am and 10pm. However, rashly driven private buses and heavy vehicles are a common sight in the city at all hours of the day.
According to deputy commissioner of police, traffic (west), Neeta Desai, the police commissioner’s notification does not allow any buses or heavy vehicles other than school buses, government buses or trucks involved in development work into the city during the day.
On whether a drive was held by the traffic police to enforce the ban, she said she was unaware of the last such drive.
Desai said traffic police added the section for violating the commissioner’s notification against the bus driver accused of killing the 22-year-old woman.
However, the FIR filed with N Division traffic police does not invoke any such section against the driver.
Senior traffic police officers said they would soon hold a drive against private buses but gave no dates for it.
On Sunday afternoon, 22-year-old Hiral Jadhav, a resident of Deodar in Banaskantha, was run over by a bus at Shivranjani Crossroads. She had come to the city to meet her fiance, Hiren Parmar, 24, a resident of Shahpur, and was going shopping with him on a motorcycle when the bus hit them. They were to be married in February.
Video footage of the accident shows that as the couple on the motorcycle stopped at the junction, the bus driver, later identified as Gambhirsinh Sisodia, 35, hit their motorcycle and ran over Jadhav.