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Overloaded trucks still in operation

Update: February, 25/2014 - 09:10
More than 28,000 trucks are using oversized cargo containers, revealed a Department of Viet Nam Register report sent to the Ministry of Transport.— Photo tuoitre

HA NOI (VNS)— More than 28,000 trucks are using oversized cargo containers, revealed a Department of Viet Nam Register report sent to the Ministry of Transport.

The trucks are mainly used to transport liquid fuel and gasoline. By using oversized containers, drivers can carry a larger volume of cargo and thus earn more profits.

Tran Ky Hinh, head of the department, said many trucks were manufactured or imported before 2012, when the Ministry of Transport published a regulation on the required size of containers.

Hinh said that truck owners often expanded their containers to carry more cargo and hired containers of the right size when they had their vehicle registered at authorised agencies.

To improve management of this issue, the department has proposed a number of solutions. One of the solutions involves the department attaching photos of the original truck to the registration certificate. Drivers found with oversized containers would be fined and required to cut the containers down to size on the spot.

According to the Viet Nam Road Administration, as many as 53 mobile scales will be installed on highway routes nationwide to crack down on overloaded trucks.

In the last three months of 2013, traffic police cracked down on more than 3,360 overloaded trucks and removed 7,270 tonnes of excessive cargo. More than 750 drivers had their driving licences revoked and police collected VND1.4 billion (US$65,800) in fines. — VNS

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