The Transport Ministry yesterday 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 yesterday, 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.
“The ministry found that 24 percent of heavy truck drivers do not have driving licenses and 10% used fake driving licenses,” he said. “It is very dangerous and resulted in many traffic accidents caused by heavy trucks.”
Mr Chanthol said that ministry officials also did a survey on areas where many accidents caused by these trucks occurred.
“I ordered my officials to examine spots where heavy trucks have caused accidents because recently there have been many cases,” he added.
The report also said that last year, the ministry examined 277,142 vehicles and found that 3,040 were modified, 484 did not have number plates and 1,076 drivers did not have licenses.
It said officials also checked 3,135 car repair shops of which 870 were illegal.
The report added that the ministry also issued 123, 886 vehicle driving licensees last year compared with 91,204 the previous year.
Soeng Sokong, the ministry’s director of planning and policy department, said that over the past few years the public has been increasingly happy with the work the ministry is doing.
“After what we achieved last year, feedback shows that the public is happy and it wants the ministry to continue its good work this year,” he said.