|An inspector checks a lorry's weight before it passes Kien Khe Bridge in the northern province of Ha Nam. The Ministry of Transport has said it will have eight inspection teams to crack down on container trucks using oversized cargo tankers. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Cuc
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Transport will set up eight inspection teams to crack down on container trucks using oversized cargo tankers to carry excessive loads around the country.
These teams will focus on heavy container trucks that operate at mines and quarries, traffic construction projects and ports. Overloaded trucks on national highways will also be targeted.
Nguyen Xuan Cuong, deputy head of the ministry's Viet Nam Road Administration, said that many container trucks had illegally expanded their containers to carry more cargo than their capacity.
During recent registrations, inspectors found that drivers used the original containers to register their vehicles, and then switched to larger ones .
This had caused difficulties for registration inspectors trying to get the trucks off the road, he said.
Cuong said authorities should issue stricter penalties for vehicles that violated the law and damaged roads and bridges, causing traffic accidents and unhealthy competition among transport businesses.
"For first time offenders, authorities should seize stamps and certificates of registration until the oversized containers ar converted back to their original size. Drivers will also have their licences revoked if they are caught a second time," he said.
The administration has asked transport departments to set up permanent teams to crackdown on offenders.
The administration will also co-ordinate with the Viet Nam Register Department, ministry inspectors and local transport authorities to organise inspections of container trucks.
Statistics from the Viet Nam Register Department showed that more than 61,170 container trucks operate nationwide, 75 per cent of which have been expanded to carry more cargo. Some have even been modified to carry three times more cargo than they are supposed to. — VNS