|The tractor trailer driver was fined for carrying the giant banyan tree, which exceeded the permitted load weight limit. – VNA/VNS Photo Nguyên Linh|Viet Nam News
BÌNH ĐỊNH — Traffic police in central Bình Định Province fined the driver of a tractor trailer VNĐ12.5 million (US$537) for transporting a giant banyan tree on National Highway 19.
The driver was fined VNĐ1.5 million ($64.5) for failing to present a transportation permit and VNĐ11 million ($473) for not having a vehicle registration certificate. He also had his driving licence confiscated for two months.
Lieutenant Colonel Ngô Đức Hoài, deputy head of the provincial Police Department’s Traffic Police Office, said the giant banyan tree was an oversized object which exceeded the allowed load weight. The police asked the driver to cut the long branches extending from the top part of the tree.
The trailer would be examined for its capacity to ensure its allowed load weight before leaving.
On November 19, traffic police in the province pulled over a trailer for carrying a giant banyan tree on National Highway 19 passing Tây Sơn District.
Đinh Công Vinh, the driver, managed to present legal papers for the giant tree, but failed to present a permit for the transportation and vehicle registration certificate.
Vinh admitted he was hired to carry the tree from Đắk Lắk to Ninh Bình Province.
The tree was found to have the height of more than 2.5 metres, which posed safety risks for other drivers. — VNS