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Big vehicles that killed 259 last year are targeted

CITY traffic authorities said yesterday that 259 people were killed in road accidents involving trucks and other large transport vehicles last year, a number they called alarming.

Failing to give way to other vehicles, moped riders and pedestrians as required, and jumping the traffic lights were the main causes of the accidents, said traffic police.

Some steps have been taken to crack down and more will begin soon to reduce hazards for the upcoming holiday, said Zhu Weiming, city police department deputy director.

Vice Mayor Zhang Xuebing said that "tougher penalties are needed to curb the violations."

The death toll accounted for 28.5 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city. In almost half the cases, the trucks were largely to blame, officers said.

In November and December last year, 20 people died beneath truck wheels in a 40-day period. People killed by container vehicles, cement trucks and earth-moving vehicles.

The bureau said there are 4,054 licensed construction vehicles in Shanghai. On average, the trucks travel 35 kilometers each day.

Despite laws on overloading and turning speed, drivers routinely violate them because they are paid by the trip and want to move as quickly as possible.

The city requires GPS devices on vehicles and training courses for drivers, but enforcement has been spotty.


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