HCM CITY (VNS)— The HCM City Cargo Transport Association has asked the Ministry of Transport to draw up a proposal on new fines related to overloaded vehicles and submit it to the Prime Minister for approval.
Nguyen Bat Han, deputy chief inspector of the city's Department of Transport, said that current regulations include fines of VND3-5 million on drivers of overloaded trucks and withdrawal of licenses for one to two months.
Under those regulations, only drivers are held responsible for violations related to overloading trucks.
The association said that the leaders of ports, freight yards, industrial parks, export processing zones, and factories should be held responsible for overloaded trucks, as well as the owners of the transported goods and vehicles.
Han said that under current regulations it was impossible to resolve the problem of overloaded trucks, which damage roads and bridges and contribute to traffic accidents.
The association has recommended that overloaded trucks be checked at their departure points instead of on roads.
Ho Kim Lan, general secretary of the Viet Nam Seaports Association, said that seaport leaders were not involved in business deals regarding goods transport and should not be responsible for overloaded trucks.
It is the owners of the goods who should be blamed for overloading violations, he said.
Nguyen Minh Tam, general director of Tan Binh Import-Export Joint Stock Corporation (Tanimex), said that enterprises in industrial parks, which work directly with transport enterprises, should assume responsibility for the overloaded trucks.
"It is unreasonable to blame the problem of overloaded trucks on leaders of industrial parks, who only rent land and infrastructure to enterprises," Tam said.
Inspectors at the city's Department of Transport have imposed total fines of VND20.5 billion (US$985,000) on nearly 6,600 overloaded vehicles this year. — VNS