HA NOI (VNS)— A station is expected to be set up in Bao Loc City this month to inspect the loading capacity of trucks travelling along a stretch of National Highway 20 in Lam Dong Province.
The station's establishment was part of a plan made by the Ministry of Transport's Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Public Security's Department for Administrative Management of Social Order.
According to the directorate, trucks transporting bauxite beyond their permitted loading capacity via a route from Lam Dong Province's Tan Rai Factory to southern Dong Nai Province's Go Dau Port for export, were causing serious damage to national highway 20 and 51, as well as provincial bridges and roads.
Several weak bridges faced a high risk of collapsing if the situation was not rectified, the directorate said.
Before the plan, the directorate ordered Viet Nam National Coal – Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) - which was assigned to take responsibility for transporting bauxite via the route - local authorities and relevant agencies to bring the situation under control.
Despite this, the number of overloaded trucks carrying bauxite was believed to be increasing, the directorate revealed.
Deputy director of Lam Dong Province's Transport Department Nguyen Van Gia told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the permitted loads of trucks depended on the permitted loading capacity of bridges the trucks travelled across.
It was estimated there were 20 bridges with a permitted loading capacity of 10-30 tonnes on the route, he said.
Trucks were only allowed to carry less than 15 tonnes over some weak bridges, he said.
Only last Tuesday, Dong Nai Province's police discovered 15 trucks transporting more than the permitted capacity of 6-19 tonnes through a stretch of national highway 51.
The truck drivers were forced remove bauxite to reduce their truck's loading capacity. Their driving licences were seized for 1-2 months and they received a fine of VND1-9 million (US$48-432), police said.
The plan is part of a massive programme to inspect the loading capacity of trucks in 63 provinces and cities nationwide.
Directorate sources say that over 30 provinces and cities started to implement the programme. — VNS