Wardak truck-scale daily revenue nears 300,000 afs
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The electronic truck-scale’s daily revenue in central Maidan Wardak province has increased manifold compared to past years.
During the last one year, average daily income from the weighbridge had been 15,000 afghanis but currently it stood at nearly 300,000 afs, Governor Hayatullah Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The income increased because the government had recently paid more attention to truckloads passing through the province besides eliminating corruption in the department, he said.
During a visit to the scale, the governor said the scale officials fined truck drivers who violated the maximum axel weight and that was another reason behind the increased income.
Hayat said before there had been widespread corruption in the scale involving officials from the public works, security forces, drivers, contractors and others, but now the corruption had been prevented and the effort continued.
An official at the scale, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the provincial police chief, his deputy and the public works director had appointed their own people in the scale department and they pocked most of the income.
The public works director, Syed Younus Najafizada, has recently been detained on corruption charges.
Acting revenue department head, Mohammad Yasin Siddiqui, said the scale’s revenue in the previous years had been low due to corruption.
He said the scale department’s income would further increase and exceed the Finance Ministry’s target if transparency in its affairs was maintained.
Provincial council head Ahmad Jafari praised recent anti-corruption measures by the governor’s office, but said the scale employees should be officially appointed in order to run its affairs smoothly.
However, Hayat said the scale employees had been introduced by a joint commission with representatives from security and civil services departments.
But Masihullah, a truck driver, complained anout many problems they faced at the scale department.
He said in Kandahar, Ghazni, Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul and other provinces they were allowed to carry 40 tonnes of load, including the truck’s weight, against 1000 to 2000 afghanis.
However, they were fined from 40,000 to 50,000 afghanis for overloading, something beyond their ability to pay, he said
The driver said he was carrying goods against 25,000 afs rent to Ghazni province, but he was fined 45,000 afs, which would force him to leave the profession.
The governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, said under the relevant law, a truck could carry 27 tonnes of total load including its own weight, but the government had allowed up to 33 tonnes in documents of the vehicles.
“The decree law on fines for overloaded vehicles has been issued by the present government and we are just implementing it,” he said.
According to the decree, the driver should pay 3000 afs in fine for each extra tonne.
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