Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Eight overloaded vehicles impounded for one year

Eight overloaded vehicles impounded for one year

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Public works ministry officers check overloaded trucks in Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces on Friday. PUBLIC WORKS MINISTRY

Eight overloaded vehicles impounded for one year

The joint task force for inspecting trucks suspected of being overloaded has stopped and fined 14 offenders that violated the weight regulation on national roads 1 and 44 and Street 70B after three days of operations. Eight of the vehicles would be impounded for a year.

According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the task force carried out the mobile operations on August 16-17 and 20.

“Of the 14 vehicles, six were fined and the cargo confiscated, while the other eight would be impounded for one year for transporting loads 20 per cent more than the legal limit,” the ministry said.

Taing Pov, head of the ministry’s secretariat, said that on August 16-17 the task force on National Road 44 in Kampong Speu province’s Samrong Tong district and on Street 70B in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district fined nine trucks with five impounded.

On August 20, the force on National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province’s Svay Chrum district and Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdech district pulled over five more trucks, three of which were impounded for one year.

“The eight trucks will be impounded for one year in accordance with Article 60 of the road traffic law and prakas No 049 on tightening additional measures on heavy vehicles on roads,” he said.

Pov repeated the ministry’s warning to transport companies and heavy vehicle owners that the law will be strictly applied without exception.

Kong Sovann, a public health specialist and director of the International Safety Fund Programme, told The Post that to prevent road offences, especially overloaded vehicles, police had to maintain law enforcement.

He said overloaded vehicles present a constant danger on roads. They are detrimental to people and only benefit a handful of individuals. The ministry’s action serves as a wake-up call to all transport firms, he said.

“Overloaded trucks damage roads and repairs are paid for by the state budget. Those trucks also cause traffic accidents resulting in deaths, serious injuries and disabilities. Each year sees nearly 5,000 injuries and nearly 2,000 deaths. The trucks cause potholes which are also a traffic hazard and cause accidents,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince Norodom Ranariddh passes away at 77

    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former First Prime Minister of Cambodia, has passed away in France at the age of 77. “Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh has passed away this morning in France just after 9am Paris-time,”

  • Cambodia purchases 4 million Molnupiravir tablets

    Cambodia has arranged for the purchase of four million US-made Molnupiravir pills – enough to treat 100,000 Covid-19 patients – even though the current rate of daily infections in Cambodia remains low. The medicine will be distributed to state hospitals, pharmacies and private clinics, according to the Samdech

  • Rise in planned flights lifts travel hopes

    Six airlines have applied to resume flights in December, while two others have put in for additional flights and routes, according to State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) head Mao Havannall on November 29. These account for 43 new weekly domestic and international flights in December, up 16

  • Is Cambodia’s travel sector in for another cheerless holiday season?

    The travel and tourism sector was heaving back to life as borders started to reopen, promising a festive vibe for the holidays and New Year. But Omicron and other Covid-related issues are threatening to close the year on a bleak note ‘Seems [like] Covid-19 won’

  • Cambodia, Thailand to discuss border reopening

    Cambodian authorities from provinces along the Cambodia-Thailand border will meet with Thai counterparts to discuss reopening border checkpoints to facilitate travel, transfer of products and cross-border trade between the two countries. Banteay Meanchey provincial deputy governor Ly Sary said on November 22 that the provincial administration

  • Cambodia planning new border checkpoint at Thma Da

    Cambodia is looking into the possibility of opening a new Thma Da Border Checkpoint with Thailand to boost trade and tourism. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport said on December 4 that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol led a technical working group