Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — National Highway No.513 in northern Thanh Hoa Province is at high risk of damage by overloaded trucks running night and day, the online vov.vn reported.
Road sections in Như Thanh and Tĩnh Gia districts were completely damaged due to the overloaded trucks carrying construction material.
Besides spoiling the roads, the trucks also caused serious noise and air pollution, which seriously affected people’s lives in the areas nearby.
Nguyễn Thị Dư, a resident in Tân Trường Commune, said “My house is located along the road. My family has to suffer from the noise and dust all day.”
“To avoid dust and noise, I have to keep the door closed all the time,” she said.
“I want the local authority to come up with some solution to solve the problem to ensure a normal life for households living along the roads,” she added.
Ông Lê Văn Bình, a local living near a cement factory, said “for months, I have had to move my children to my relatives’ home because the severe air pollution will cause health problems.”
Like Dư and Bình, hundreds of other households in the area are also suffering.
The reason the situation has spiraled out of control is due to the failure of the local authority to control oversized and overloaded trucks.
According to the locals, for several months, the truck weighing station in the area has stopped working so oversized and overloaded trucks were free to operate.
Lê Sỹ Do, deputy chief of inspector of Thanh Hóa Province’s Transport Department, confirmed that the weighing station had stopped its operation one month ago.
Explaining the situation, Do said the police had withdrawn from the act of controlling oversized and overloaded trucks in the area.
Therefore, the truck weighing station had also been deserted. — VNS