|Police examine the weight of trucks running on National Highway 10 in northern Nam Dinh City. Transport departments across the country were asked to tighten inspections and punish those driving overloaded trucks on national highways. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tuan
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Road Administration under the Ministry of Transport has instructed authorities to clamp down on overloaded trucks using mobile weighbridges from next Tuesday.
Transport departments will be in charge of weighing heavy vehicles along national highways. Violators will be fined and have their driving licences revoked and their cargos confiscated.
Last January, the administration started to install 53 mobile weighbridges along highway routes to stop overloaded trucks, which have been blamed for traffic accidents and damage to roads. Each weighbridge costs around VND2.2 billion (US$103,400).
A trial involving 10 weighbridges held previously proved successful over a three month period.
More than 3,300 overloaded trucks were pulled over and 7,270 tonnes of excessive cargo was removed, while over 750 drivers had their driving licences revoked and the fines collected amounted to VND1.4 billion ($65,800).
Nguyen Thanh Binh, a driver for a private transport company in Ha Noi, said he agreed to have his truck weighed providing all heavy trucks were subject to inspection.
"It will take time, but it will be fair," he said. "Overloaded trucks usually carry building materials and wood and they operate at night, so the police should focus more on those vehicles." — VNS