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1000 trucks seen using oversized containers

Update: January, 07/2015 - 09:06
During the crackdown, which began in August, more than 6,280 container trucks belonging to 1,046 transport firms in 56 cities and provinces were examined. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — More than a thousand container trucks from national transport firms were found carrying oversized tankers during five months of nationwide inspections, according to the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam under the Ministry of Transport.

During the crackdown, which began in August, more than 6,280 container trucks belonging to 1,046 transport firms in 56 cities and provinces were examined. Inspectors found 1,170 container trucks whose containers had been illegally modified to carry excessive cargo, mostly on national highways.

They seized the registration stamps for 255 trucks and cut the containers of 340 down to the original size, while 555 drivers were instructed to do this themselves.

According to the directorate, many drivers refused to co-operate with the inspectors or show the required papers.

Directorate head Nguyen Van Huyen said a list of violators would be sent to traffic construction project management boards asking them to avoid using these vehicles.

At previous conferences, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho affirmed that the crackdown on oversized container trucks was a key step to strengthen control over transport businesses and trucks' loading capacity.

Tho said that while there were more than 3,000 inspectors nationwide, the government lacked the ability to prevent drivers from illegally increasing trucks' capacity. Although the ministry had worked with the Ministry of Public Security to set up scales along national highways, the work had proved ineffective. — VNS

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