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New method proposed for dealing with overloaded vehicles

Update: March, 17/2015 - 16:33
Officials propose vehicle owners or drivers be forced to lock their vehicles if they refuse to submit relevant documents to the authorities. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — A senior official has suggested that weight control units should be assembled to deal with drivers refusing to submit relevant documents before the vehicle's weight can be checked for overloading.

Nguyen Van Huyen, General Director of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam, said vehicle owners or drivers should be forced to lock their vehicles or the vehicles should be taken to a parking lot where they are examined.

Huyen was speaking at a meeting on the implementation of transport inspection for 2015 held in Ha Noi on Monday.

He also proposed that local authorities should be responsible for checking overloaded vehicles.

A representative from the Hai Duong Province's Transport Department said the province, alone, cannot check the weight of all vehicles due to the number of vehicles circulating on the National Highway No 5.

Nguyen Khac Chuong, deputy chief inspector of the Nghe An Province's transportation, said the teams of inspectors had encountered difficulties in dealing with overloaded vehicles travelling from Laos due to language differences.

Huyen blamed the ineffectiveness of vehicle inspection to the poor awareness of vehicle owners and drivers and the quality of weighing scales.

In 2014, transport inspection forces conducted nearly 117,900 inspections and 157,910 cases of overloading were reported, with total fines of VND380,809 million (US$17.7 million) imposed on the vehicles. — VNS

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