HA NOI (VNS)— Nineteen exceedingly overloaded trucks were detected by HCM City inspectors and stopped as a six-month crackdown began in the city on Thursday night.
The drivers of the trucks were fined millions of dong and had their driving licences temporarily withdrawn.
Tran Hong Minh, deputy head of the HCM City Road and Railway Police Department, said that inspections are going to be conducted regularly, especially during the night.
Police and transport inspectors will be stationed at ports including Cat Lai and Tan Thuan and at large stores across the city, checking the loading capacity of trucks transporting cargo in and out, he said.
The operation has been launched in response to the serious sinking of roads in these areas, caused by the overwhelming presence of overloaded trucks.
According to HCM City's Transport Department, all of the lawbreaking trucks detected in the first night were carrying 30 per cent more goods than their capacity.
In past inspection efforts, few violations were spotted as officials did not check the roads at night, which is when the majority of these trucks go to work, the department claimed.
Minh said that an excess of 30 per cent or more on a truck leads to an automatic 60-day driving suspension and a fine of VND4 million. An excess of 5-29 per cent will result in a 30-day suspension and a VND1 million fine.
Other agencies throughout the country are also making efforts to take overloaded trucks off the roads.
The Viet Nam Road Administration has just asked leaders of people's committees in the five provinces of Vinh Phuc, Tuyen Quang, Hoa Binh, Son La and Dien Bien to co-operate with each other in a wide-scale operation to punish truck drivers operating illegally on national highways and local roads.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport is drafting regulations applying criminal punishments to overloaded vehicles which cause serious consequences.
Nguyen Van Thanh, chairman of the Viet Nam Automobile Transport Association, supported the increase in inspections and said drivers of overloaded vehicles causing damage to roads should considered criminals destroying a national asset.
Such violations in many countries lead to imprisonment, he said. — VNS