Mobile scales to weigh overloaded trucks
Public Works Minister Abdul Qudus Hamidi told a news conference that trucks would also be checked by mobile high tonnage scales and at dry ports in the country.
In addition to 21 high tonnage scales, four mobile scales had also started operating, he said. "A truck is allowed to carry 12 tonnes of weight. More than that is illegal and violators would be prosecuted," Hamidi warned.
Representatives from the ministries of public works, finance, commerce and industries, transport, customs and traffic departments discussed ways of addressing the problem of overloaded trucks on Monday, he said.
In the first phase, violators will be reminded about overloading that could damage highways. Mobile scale checks will be made in the second phase. Trucks carrying more than permissible weight would be emptied, he said.
In the third steps, trucks involved in violations would be emptied and impounded for one month. Drivers would be introduced to the prosecutor's office, Hamid went on.
A bout 250 kilometers of roads have so far been damaged by overloaded trucks and floods. Work on rebuilding the highways was underway, the minister said.
In reply to a query regarding bribes taken by highway officials, he said steps were being taken to deal with the issue. Twenty workers of the ministry have been punished with salary cuts for allowing overloaded truck to ply highways.
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