|There has been a reduction in overloaded vehicles in Ha Noi, but more measures were needed to completely control them. — Photo baodatviet.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — There has been a reduction in overloaded vehicles in Ha Noi, but more measures were needed to completely control them, said experts at a conference on managing overloaded vehicles by September held in Ha Noi on Tuesday.
Chief inspector of the Ha Noi Department of Transport Tran Dang Hai said that by the end of September, city transport inspectors discovered more than 3,700 violators, handed out fines of nearly VND25 billion (US$1.1 million) and withdrew 860 driving licences.
The transport inspectors worked with the city police and local authorities to use five mobile weighing stations on main roads.
Deputy chief inspector of the department and also head of the weighing stations, Cao Van Hiep, said that the five weighing stations were in operation all day and night.
The department assigned inspectors to be on duty along small roads and shortcuts around the weighing stations to prevent overloaded vehicles from evading them.
More than 1,800 overloaded vehicles were discovered by the five weighing stations by September this year, he said.
But the police and inspectors did have some difficulties.
Nguyen Thanh Hai, deputy head of the traffic police division under the city police, said that the fine for vehicles transporting goods was calculated by doubling their normal capacity, but many vehicles were overloaded by 200-500 per cent compared with their real capacity.
The fines were not strong enough for all violators, he said.
Nguyen Xuan Trung, deputy director of the Ha Noi Construction Material Joint-Stock Company, said that with present transporting fees, enterprises made little profit.
He proposed the Ministry of Transport and concerned organisations raise transporting fees so that enterprises would perform better and therefore stop overloading vehicles.
Nguyen Xuan Lam, deputy director of the Road Management Department No 1, suggested putting weighing stations at tollbooths at Ha Noi's gateways.
Most gateways in the city have tollbooths. If the weighing stations were put there, inspections would be more effective, he said.
Chief inspector Hai said that the department would issue badges and trading permits to enterprises and individuals who need to transport goods.
The department will withdraw these badges and permits from violators from the beginning of next year, creating another deterrent to overloading, he said. — VNS