HA NOI - A proposal drawn up by the Ministry of Transport to establish 36 weigh stations along national routes will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval this year.
The plan is expected to solve current traffic congestion and prevent road accidents caused by overloaded trucks.
According to the proposal the weigh stations will be built along main roads which can easily monitor overloaded vehicles.
The plan suggests construction begins this year for completion by 2015, with 14 weigh stations on Nation Route 1A, the most accident-prone road in the country. Other sites include three stations along the HCM Highway and the rest on 19 other national roads.
Constructing for the stations will be implemented in four stages, at an estimated cost of approximately VND3 trillion (US$143 million) if calculated with 10 per cent annual inflation.
Each weigh station, according to the proposal, will cost about VND65 billion (US$3 million)
Building funds will come from the state budget, social investment funds and transport fines.
Many roads have been severely damaged due to a large number of overloaded trucks which pose a fatal risk to the public.- VNS