|Inspectors check lorries’ weight by weighing station. — VNA/VNS Photo Thế Lập|
HÀ NỘI — The number of overloaded vehicles plying on roads is high because of the mismanagement by provinces and cities, Nguyễn Văn Huyện, director of the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam (DRVN), said.
Besides this, they are not making use of the mobile weighing stations, he added.
Reports by the DRVN have shown that from April 21 until May 20, inspectors of local departments of transport used mobile weighing stations to check more than 26,300 vehicles, and discovered that more than 2,600 violated weight norms. The inspectors then withdrew more than 1,000 driving licences and imposed administrative fines of VNĐ26.6 billion (US$1.2 million).
The DRVN’s hotline system received reports from residents that many oversized and overloaded vehicles were plying in different provinces and cities, damaging highways, such as the highways No 18, 1, 20 and 27.
Director Huyện has asked provinces and cities that do not use mobile weighing stations to immediately operate them, especially in the localities with main highways, including Hà Giang, Bắc Kạn, Sơn La, Bình Định, Đắk Nông and Bình Thuận.
Inspectors from the local transport departments and the Roads Management Department must strengthen their check on ports, big plants and enterprises in industrial zones and construction materials mines. They must conduct patrols regularly on roads with large number of lorries and give strict punishment to those violating the rules, he said. — VNS