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Vehicle drivers fined $126K for excessive cargo

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Transport authorities detained 298 overweight lorries. MPWT

Vehicle drivers fined $126K for excessive cargo

Ministry of Public Works and Transport authorities detained 298 vehicles for being over the weight limit and fined their drivers over 505 million riel ($126,250) in April.

Ang Snuol station in Kandal province and Meanchey station in Kratie province each caught 37 vehicles, the highest total among all weigh stations, according to a ministry report released on Wednesday.

Ministry spokesman Heang Sotheayuth said on Thursday that the ministry will install more scales to catch vehicles travelling over the legally permitted weight.

The scales will be installed on newly built roads to decrease the damage done to them by overweight vehicles.

In addition to using scales in main locations, the ministry will provide a team with mobile scales to use when normal weigh stations are overburdened, he said.

Minister Sun Chanthol said: “Please have empathy for our government, which raises funds to build the roads that we destroy. We have to protect our roads as they were built from the sweat of our citizens.”

Kandal provincial Department of Public Works and Transport director Moeng Youleng said on Thursday that officials will continue to enforce the law and stop vehicles carrying excessive amounts of goods.

In April, the authorities detained 70 lorries delivering goods over the weight limit, he said.

National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said on Thursday that from May 1 to May 20, traffic police checked and punished 30,658 vehicles – 22,560 motorbikes and 8,098 cars.

On May 20 alone, traffic police fined 1,352 vehicle operators – 981 motorbike riders and 371 motorists, he said.

“There were seven traffic accidents which caused four deaths and 11 injuries, eight of which were considered serious. However, despite this, traffic accidents have dropped considerably,” he said.

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