Ministry to transport drivers: final warning on overloaded trucks
Officers at nearly 30 weighing stations across the country conducted an education campaign for truckers to introduce them to sections 26 and 60 of the Highway Code which prescribe stricter penalties for overloaded trucks.
The campaign comes after drivers and truck owners claimed they were not fully aware of the law or the implementation of the measures before.
Taing Pov, head of the secretariat of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, told The Post on August 9 that before the implementation of Articles 26 and 60 of the Highway Code, including the additional stricter measures taken against overloaded vehicles, the ministry had conducted a comprehensive awareness campaign to educate all stakeholders in the transport industry.
But many drivers, he said, claimed they did not know the law when police imposed fines or penalties for overloading. This prompted the ministry to relaunch its campaign to educate truckers at weigh stations across the country.
“We educate them with the police so that they do not continue to complain that they do not know the law. This campaign will disseminate information about the law to all these truck drivers. It started in early August, ”he added.
According to Taing Pov, over the past year, the ministry has imposed penalties on 177 heavy vehicles for overloading by impounding them for a year, in addition to imposing monetary fines.
Kong Sovann, public health specialist and program director for the International Security Fund, said that in-depth legal training must clearly be provided on a regular basis before, during and after law enforcement.
This outreach education should be carried out until the target group receives the message and participates in law enforcement by complying regularly.
“I hope the ministry’s sympathy for these truckers has reached its limit, because from a technical point of view, the implementation of the law is weak if there is more sympathetic understanding than actual application.” , did he declare.
Article 60 of the Highway Code states that overloading a truck beyond 20 percent of the permissible weight will result in the payment of fines and the goods on the truck will be unloaded so that the truck can be impounded for a period of one year.
“All vehicle owners need to know the allowable weight of their types of vehicles to avoid overloading cargo, which would result in wasted money, property and time. We call on all companies and individuals involved in the trucking and transportation business to comply with the law, ”Taing Pov said.