Early thisyear, the Prime Minister asked ministries to curb overloaded trucks andlate last month, another similar order was made to ministries to conductmore inspections to detect and punish violators.
However, according to the Ministry of Transport, the number ofoverloaded trucks on roads across the country iss increasing in more acomplicated way. Nearly half of the total trucks checked were found tocarry more goods than allowed and, in some cases, carried as much astwice the allowed loading capacity.
On December 3,Vong Bridge in southern Vinh Long province, which was designed tosupport vehicles up to 30 tonnes, collapsed after a man deliberatelydrove a 60-tonne truck across the bridge. The incident caused losses ofbillions of VND and blocked traffic from the province to theneighbouring province of Tra Vinh.
Further, inthe last 11 months, about 26,260 trucks were found to be overloaded and22,568 drivers had their licences revoked. Authorities also forcedviolators to unload over 76,500 tonnes of goods and collected finesworth over 57 billion VND (2.7 million USD).
DeputyMinister of Transport Le Dinh Tho said that as a way to curb overloadedtrucks, the ministry set up ten mobile weighing stations along nationalhighways to check them.
The weighing stations wereused to detect and punish overloaded trucks and the ministry would soonset up more stations across the country, he said.
However, director of northern Yen Bai province’s Public SecurityDepartment Dang Tran Chieu said drivers who drove overloaded trucks usedtricks, including choosing other roads to avoid having their trucksweighed at the stations or sprinkling water on tyres, which madeweighing equipment less accurate.
If authoritiestightened inspections, transport firms would halt their goods beingdelivered to local factories, he said, noting that the move might have anegative impact on local workers and the province’s economy.
Chairman of the Vietnam Automobile Transportation Association NguyenVan Thanh said that drivers were partly responsible for drivingoverloaded trucks but, in cases, they reluctantly did so as ownerswanted to load trucks as much as possible to reduce transportationcosts.
If drivers refuse to carry, they would not behired again, he said, adding that punishing drivers would not solve theproblem of overloaded trucks.
Deputy Director of HoChi Minh City’s Transport Department Duong Hong Thanh said 80 per centof trucks received goods and departed from storehouses or ports, soauthorities should tighten inspection there to curb overloaded trucks onroads.
However, if a port authority more closelyexamines the loading of vehicles, goods owners and transport firms mightchoose other ports, he said, urging more sanctions for goods owners andport authorities if vehicles are found overloaded.
Meanwhile, Colonel Tran Son Ha, vice head of the Road Traffic Policeunder the Ministry of Public Security said that this year, they wouldfurther co-operate with port authorities to detect and punishoverloaded truck violators at warehouses and ports, while continuing tohelp drivers and goods owners improve their understanding of the issue.-VNA
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