Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Heavy trucks feel pinch

Heavy trucks feel pinch

An overloaded truck is inspected by authorities. The Public Works Ministry announced that it seized 242 overloaded trucks and levied fines totalling more than $144,000 last month. Photo supplied
An overloaded truck is inspected by authorities. The Public Works Ministry announced that it seized 242 overloaded trucks and levied fines totalling more than $144,000 last month. Photo supplied

Heavy trucks feel pinch

Transportation Ministry inspection stations last month seized 242 overloaded trucks, nearly 100 more than the month prior, and more than doubled the fines dished out to offending vehicle owners, according to a ministry report released on Tuesday.

The government has repeatedly pledged to toughen measures dealing with overloaded trucks, which have been involved in a number of incidents in recent years involving severe damage to roads and bridges. Just last month, a vehicle overloaded with illegal timber collapsed a bridge in Kampot’s Chhouk district.

The report for February showed 96 more trucks seized than in January, when 146 overloaded trucks were impounded. The report also states the ministry collected over 584 million riel ($144,008) in fines from truck owners, up from 277 million riel in January.

According to the report, the trucks stopped in February were between 4 and 35 tonnes overweight, while the trucks stopped in January were between 4 and 26 tonnes overweight.

“Our roads can endure [up to] 40 tonnes, but not every kind of truck can be loaded with 40 tonnes,” said ministry spokesman Var Simsorya. “Some trucks are allowed to load 14 to 16 tonnes, but if they are loaded more than this, it can cause road damage.”

Article 26 of Cambodia’s Road Law regulates the weight vehicles can carry on the basis of their axle types.

San Chey, executive director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability-Cambodia, said the ministry needs to do more to inform citizens about how they can report the trucks.

“[If people] understand what constitutes an overloaded truck and can report it to the ministry . . . it will be more effective,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Research key to Kanitha’s rep for expertise

    Sok Kanitha is used to weighing in on controversial issues using a confident approach that signals expertise and authority, and a recent video she made was no exception. Her “Episode 342: The History of NATO” video went live on January 16, 2023 and immediately shot to 30,000 likes and 3,500

  • Cambodia maintains 'Kun Khmer' stance despite Thailand’s boycott threat

    Cambodia has taken the position that it will use the term "Kun Khmer" to refer to the sport of kickboxing at the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, and has removed the term Muay from all references to the sport. Despite strong reactions from the Thai

  • Knockout! Kun Khmer replaces ‘Muay’ for Phnom Penh Games

    Cambodia has decided to officially remove the word Muay from the programme of the 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2023 in May. “Kun Khmer” will instead be used to represent the Southeast Asian sport of kickboxing, in accordance with the wishes of the Cambodian people. Vath

  • Artificial insemination takes herd from 7 to 700

    Some farms breed local cows or even import bulls from a broad for the purpose of breeding heavier livestock for meat production. One Tbong Khnum farmer has found a more efficient way. Hout Leang employs artificial insemination to fertilise local cows. Thanks to imported “straws”

  • New int’l airport nearly half complete as travel industry returns to life

    Construction of a new airport that is slated to serve the capital has passed the 43 per cent completion mark, raising prospects for a proper recovery in the civil aviation and tourism sectors as international travellers return to the Kingdom in increasingly large numbers. The figure

  • Chinese group tours return to Cambodia starting Feb 6

    Cambodia is among 20 countries selected by Beijing for a pilot programme allowing travel agencies to provide international group tours as well as flight and hotel packages to Chinese citizens, following a three-year ban. As the days tick down until the programme kicks off on February 6,