The Transport Ministry today announced that it booked nearly 3,000 overloaded trucks throughout the Kingdom last year, an increase of 11 percent compared to 2017.
In its annual report released today, the ministry said it cracked down on 2,952 trucks and collected fines totalling about $1.4 million.
It said that in 2017 it booked 2, 646 overloaded trucks and collected nearly $1.3 million in fines.
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said at the launch of the report that in order to tackle the problem of overloaded trucks, the ministry from this year will crack down on workshops found to be modifying the vehicles to carry more goods.
“Previously the ministry only issued warning letters but they still continue to break the law,” he said. “So from this year we will start shuttering these illegal workshops.”
Mr Chanthol also highlighted the ministry’s achievements last year.
He said that the ministry had opened a heavy truck driving centre to train drivers for them to obtain driving licenses and also launched a Road Care App for the public to report any damaged roads for the authorities to repair.
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