|A truck, brimful of rice packages, travels in a section of the National Highway No 5 though northern Hai Phong City. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Overloaded vehicles will face a fine of up to VND40 million (US$1,800) if a proposal forwarded by the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam to the Ministry of Transport comes through.
The proposal came after the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway's Operation Centre found nearly 300 overloaded trucks, mostly carrying frozen foods, in the course of only four days, between last Tuesday and Friday.
At present, vehicles are fined VND7-8 million ($310-355) for carrying more than their permitted load capacity.
Nguyen Van Huyen, director of the directorate, has ordered the authorised agencies to tighten inspections to check overloaded vehicles travelling between Hai Phong and Lao Cai.
Huyen also asked the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation to co-operate with the traffic police in localities, including Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, to carry out more patrolling checks to bring the situation under control. — VNS