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Residents block roads to obstruct overloaded vehicles

Update: October, 01/2015 - 17:01
People place rocks on the road to prevent the passage of overloaded vehicles. — Photo Vnexpress.net

THANH HOA (VNS) — Residents of Hoaøng Hoa District's Hoang Quy Commune in this northern province yesterday blocked roads in the commune with rocks to prevent the passage of overloaded vehicles.

The residents blamed overloaded vehicles for the damage to the commune's roads and the increased risk of traffic accidents.

Local authorities spent hours trying to convince the residents to allow them to bring two stranded vehicles to the police station, where they could be weighed. Upon obtaining their release, police found both vehicles were overloaded. One vehicle, carrying coal, was more than 40 per cent overweight for its designed capacity. The other vehicle, along with its cargo, weighed 50 tonnes, whereas the road it was on only permitted the passage of vehicles weighing up to 10 tonnes.

Local residents have complained to local authorities on multiple occasions, but the situation hasn't improved, reported the Vnexpress online newspaper.

Although Hoang Hoa District's People's Committee had asked the concerned agencies to strengthen inspections and resolve the issue of overloaded vehicles running through the area on September 23, many overloaded vehicles continue to travel on the Hoang Quy-Hoang Hop route, the residents said.

Every day, dozens of overloaded vehicles carrying coal or construction materials, with a capacity of 50-60 tonnes, use this road. These vehicles often travel early in the morning or late at night.

Senior officials with the traffic police unit said they have proposed that the district's People's Committee should fine the two vehicles belonging to Long Hai Enterprise VND70 million (US$3100) for the overloading violation.— VNS

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