At least 30 trucks briefly blocked National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Chrum district yesterday morning after joint forces fined several vehicles for being overloaded.
The road blockage and protest erupted when officers using mobile scales to weigh vehicles attempted to fine seven overloaded soil and sand trucks.
A provincial hall report said truck drivers protested because they were unhappy about the fines.
Roth Chandarareaksmey, administration officer at the provincial department of transport, said the mobile weighing was conducted by a joint team of his officers and others from the Transport Ministry.
At a signing ceremony for the renovation of National Road 5 earlier this month, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said the ministry would take stricter action against overloaded vehicles.
“The ministry will take stringent action against overloaded trucks which have caused damage to the roads and provoked criticism by our people,” he said.
A Svay Chrum district police officer who requested anonymity confirmed the incident, but said the road block was quickly resolved.
“The Transport Ministry weighed the trucks and fined the drivers,” he said. “They were not happy so from 30 to 40 trucks briefly blocked the road.”
The officer said the truck drivers were invited to negotiations with officials.
Provincial hall spokesman Ros Tharith said the situation was now back to normal.
“We reconciled with the drivers to reopen the road,” he said.
He added that negotiations between the drivers and transport officials were still ongoing.