Originally Posted by AlokSriva
1) Oh really! You seriously believe that? Seems Mr. Goswami, you are living in a utopic world out of which you now need to step out and face the harsh realities of life - at least in India.. To illustrate -
A couple of months ago, there was a Santro which banged into my wife's stationary car at a traffic signal and sped away. I went to the police station to lodge an FIR. The ASI refused to register one stating there are umpteen rear ending cases and they can not register an FIR for each of them - this despite the fact that my wife had noted down the registration number of the offending Santro! Finally we had to be content with submitting a written complaint, an acknowledged copy of which was given to us as a big favour!
2) Boss, please don't have a holier than thou attitude for god's sake. Put yourself in my shoes, have a look at my past experiences, and you would know that only thing that works in India is instant justice.
BTW, why do I feel reading one of your very old posts where you mentioned slapping someone while on your way to college on a bike? Or is my memory failing me?
Originally Posted by sbraj
3) Truck driver is holding a commercial vehicle license.
Isn't it his responsibility to make sure that the vehicle he is going to drive is loaded as per rules? If it is not, doesn't that amount to violation of his license conditions?
When a commercial vehicle is involved in accident due to overloading, I don't think it is right to say that the driver has not done any wrong.
1) Our M800 was rear ended and nobody even cared to listen.
A two wheeler would ram into our stationary M800, break the bumper and demand money.
This is common, but one more reality is that there are people who can get real low. They will go down to any level for winning or satisfying ego.
Getting physical with any person when family is around in the car is something best avoided.
2) Yes, that is true ( and your memory is very healthy ), I am still short tempered person. But eventually I realized about the people whom I used to fight with. They will not improve with a beating, but for sure will get worse.
In your case, the driver actually bowed down, but it could have gone otherwise. I believe they are in general not real culprits, but if offended can get low to fight.
The root cause of the issue is not driver, but the people who own transport companies.
I used to fight with auto drivers. Later on realized that they are just drivers, most of the auto in my city are owned by police officers/personals.
The driver is scolded if earning is less, is asked to follow rules ( in very rare cases ), will be held responsible for almost anything wrong.
If the auto is damaged by somebody who is not having good contacts, is not government employee, then he will be harassed to pay money. But if some influential person hit auto, the driver will be in trouble.
After this I realized that I am wasting my time hitting others, they are not going to improve. In worst case, I would be in trouble due to gangs.
About your statement in the bold : There will be anarchy and chaos then.
PS : this is my last post on this topic. One has to step in shoes of the truck drivers in the first place to understand what I wanted to say.
3) As mentioned above, one has to step into truck driver's shoes to understand the real issue and where it originates from.
May be even sitting in typical Indian truck cabin for 5-6 hours will be enough to realize what is core problem.
Its not in truck driver's hand not to overload the truck. Most of the times, truck drivers dont even understand units like KG, ton, bhp, nm, kgm. We all know how the license are offered to all including people who are rich and pay bribe to get license for their family members.
If there was awareness among truck drivers, auto drivers, and drivers who use Indian roads, there wont be more than 1,00,000 deaths on the road.