Kochi: The Motor Vehicles Department sleuths have booked 12 vehicles for carrying drinking water cans and bottles exposed to sunlight in city limits in the past three days.
According to MVD officials, there were strict directions that the bottles or cans should not be carried during these hours exposing to the high heat. The vehicles were booked under 138 B of the Motor Vehicles Act.
As per the Act, the goods carriage vehicles should be covered using tarpaulin or any other suitable material. “The 18 vehicles were allowed to leave only after covering the drinking water cans with suitable sheets. They were also charged with a fine,” K Manojkumar, RTO, Enforcement said. “The drive will continue in the coming days.”
Many plastic bottles co-ntain a chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA). When exposed to heat, the heated plastic leaches the BPA into the water. This can cause serious health issues. “The temperature this summer is very high. When water is exposed to sun even for few minutes, it can become toxic,” an MVD official said.