HCM CITY (VNS) - HCM City's Department of Transport has proposed to the municipal People's Committee, the use of a new weighing scale that will be installed underground and will automatically detect overloaded vehicles.
The city has been trying to control road damage and traffic safety violations resulting from overloaded vehicles plying the roads.
The weighing scale would work as follows: when overloaded vehicles drive over the scale, the scale's in-built censor will transmit a warning about it being overloaded to computers connected to the scale.
After receiving the warnings, the concerned authorities, no matter whether they are stationed, can intercept and order the violating vehicle to drive to the nearest weighbridge station to do paperwork related to the violation and unload the excess weight before being allowed to continue with its journey.
According to the department, the new weighing system is fair and objective as the overloading information is stored automatically in a database, without requiring any manpower. What is outstanding about the new scale is that only overloaded vehicles will be stopped for checking, instead of all vehicles having to undergo such checks.
The system, consisting of 12 scales, is expected to be installed on the gate roads to the city, entrances to big ports and warehouses, as well as on roads that bear heavy lorry traffic.
During a recent report sent to the municipal People's Committee, the department pointed out that the current use of portable weighing scales was problematic. This was because the scales had to be installed manually for checking a suspicious vehicle and the installation depended on weather conditions, and made it difficult to operate, especially during rainy days.
The concerned agency would therefore be unable to stop all vehicles suspected of being overloaded for checking, allowing many overloaded vehicles to get away with violating the rules.
To make matters worse, because the city is crisscrossed by numerous main and branch roads, the violating vehicles tend to bypass these roads as they are aware of the scale being posted on these routes.
This explains why only 13.8 per cent of the vehicles checked have so far been found guilty of overloading.- VNS