|Drastic measures to find and punish overloaded trucks, being blamed for damaging roads and threatening the safety of those using the roads, helped to decrease 91.5 per cent of overloaded trucks in 2015 compared to 2014. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) reported that overloaded trucks decreased by 91.5 per cent in 2015 as compared to 2014.
The traffic police dealt with more than 4,400 cases of vehicles violating the loading laws last year, collecting VND390 billion (about US$17.4 million) for the Viet Nam State Treasury.
A DRVN officer said there had not found overloaded trucks travelling on long routes, but only on short routes, often in inner-provinces.
He added that most of trucks that violated the law exceeded 20 to 50 per cent of allowed tonnage, and the number of vehicles overloading more than 50 per cent of their load was small.
"The overloaded trucks have become a headache for many years. Authorities have taken drastic measures to find and punish overloaded trucks which are being blamed for damaging roads and threatening the safety of others on the roads," Dinh La Thang, minister of transport, said at a recent meeting on controlling overloaded vehicles.
He said that if the traffic police allowed overloaded trucks to pass the load control stations, those officers would be punished.
The DRVN has issued a document on November 2014, ordering tighter control over overloaded trucks.
Accordingly, owners of trucks carrying double their capacity were to be fined VND7 million to VND8 million ($300 to $380) at the beginning of 2015.
Violators would also have their driving licences revoked for three months.
Thang said that recently truck owners, transport enterprise owners, ports and terminals had pledged not to overload automobiles.
In addition, transport inspectors would strengthen registration and punishment and required goods in overloaded trucks to be unloaded. These measures would bring the problem under control, Thang said. — VNS