Despite ban, heavy vehicles worsen Mumbai’s traffic mess

Has the ban on heavy vehicles in city limits during peak hours imposed in January proved to be effective? Not entirely, the traffic police say.

Heavy vehicles include mini buses, school buses, private service vehicles, ambulances, trucks and lorries, tanker, delivery van (three- and four-wheelers) and tractors. According to the data from the regional transport office, there are 89,823 heavy vehicles in Mumbai and 3,77,489 in Thane. Until August, the city traffic police penalised 20,000 heavy vehicles.