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Motorbikes bearing unwieldy load cause massive traffic jam

Update: April, 02/2015 - 18:32
Police stopped motorbikes plying the road and bearing these long steel sheets, which resulted in a massive traffic jam in Ha Noi. — Photo vietnamplus.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi Police stopped three motorbikes loaded with unwieldy goods on Tran Nhat Duat Street in the vicinity of Chuong Duong Bridge early this morning following a traffic jam.

The motorbikes, which were following one another in a line, were passing through the avenue at around 6.40am, just when the traffic peak hours were beginning, which caused a heavy traffic jam.

The motorbikes, with registration plates 33N1-6897, 31S-3730 and 31V-6625, bore auxiliary steel bars, each about 13 metres in length. All the bikes were carrying the long, cumbersome corrugated iron sheets.

Initial reports from the police revealed that each motorbike was even longer than a bus. Even the police were curious as to how the drivers had managed to drive the vehicles.

The motorbikes belong to Nguyen Thanh Cong, Chu Van Dang, and Ta Vang Cuong, who are all residents of Bac Tu Liem District, Ha Noi.

The drivers told police that a shop owner of corrugated iron sheets in Son Tay District had hired them to transport the goods from Son Tay to the Bat Trang pottery-making village.

In order to escape relevant authorities' notice, the three had managed to ride throughout the night. However, after avoiding getting caught several times, they were stopped this morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Quy, of the Traffic Police Team No 1, said this was the first case where the police had seen such a contraption, with specific features mentioned above.

"In this case, the vehicles and their owners will be dealt with in accordance with legal regulations. The vehicles will be seized," Quy said. — VNS

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