Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Truck found 26 tonnes over legal weight limit

Truck found 26 tonnes over legal weight limit

Authorities inspect a truck at a weighing station in Prey Veng after it was found to be 26 tonnes over the legal limit. Photo supplied
Authorities inspect a truck at a weighing station in Prey Veng after it was found to be 26 tonnes over the legal limit. Photo supplied

Truck found 26 tonnes over legal weight limit

An overloaded truck’s owner was ordered to pay 7.8 million riel ($1,917) in fines yesterday after his driver was caught with 61 tonnes of wood in his truck, 26 tonnes above the legal limit.

Officers at a Prey Veng weighing station got suspicious yesterday when the overloaded truck bypassed it.

“The truck is loaded with wood for house construction,” said Un Sothea, the deputy director for the Prey Veng public works and transportation department. “We chased it about 5 kilometres, ordering it to return.”

Last week, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol threatened to introduce tough new measures, including fines, for officials who turn a blind eye to overloaded vehicles, which he claimed cause $100 million in road damage per year.

The cargo was stamped as legal timber, but officials said they do not know whether forestry officials had inspected the truck or allowed it to move out with such a heavy overload.

After yesterday’s stop, officials made the truck driver offload some of the wood onto another truck to comply with the limits.

The truck owner, Chen Mesabot, also had to thumbprint a document promising not to repeat the violation.

Minister of Interior and National Road Safety Committee head Sar Kheng in March called for authorities at all levels to be more vigilant in regulating overloaded trucks.

MOST VIEWED

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Visa A holders get to quarantine at Himawari Hotel

    The Ministry of Health has permitted foreign diplomats, UN and International NGO officials to undergo quarantine at Himawari Hotel in the capital in case they do not have a separate place suitable for this purpose, but the government would not be responsible for the expenses.

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Jabs for kids bring hope for school reopenings

    Cambodia is tentatively planning to reopen schools – at least at the secondary level – when the vaccination of children aged 12-17 is completed, even though daily transmissions and deaths in other age groups remain high. Schools across the country have been suspended since March 20, one month

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four