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Ministry to build truck weigh stations

Update: February, 15/2012 - 09:58

HA NOI — A proposal drawn up by the Ministry of Transport to establish 36 weigh stations along national routes will be submitted to the Prime Minister for approval this year.

The plan is expected to solve current traffic congestion and prevent road accidents caused by overloaded trucks.

According to the proposal, the weigh stations will be built along main roads which can easily monitor overloaded vehicles.

The plan suggests construction begins this year for completion by 2015, with 14 stations on north-south Highway 1A, the most accident-prone road in the country. Other sites include three stations along the Ho Chi Minh Highway and the rest on 19 other national roads.

Construction of the stations will be implemented in four stages, at an estimated cost of VND3 trillion (US$143 million).

Building funds will come from the State budget, social investment funds and transport fines.

Many roads have been severely damaged due to a large number of overloaded trucks which pose a fatal risk to the public. — VNS

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