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Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday December 30, 2013 MYT 1:53:45 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: Many of the tyre fragments seen on Malaysian highways come from overloaded lorries, said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
“Usually when tyres burst, it is because of overloading. When one tyre bursts, the drivers usually don’t want to stop. As there is one fewer tyre carrying the load, the weight will cause other tyres to burst as well,” said SPAD Operations Group head, A Halim Husain.
He added that these fragments would then flake off the wheel and litter the road.
However, retread tyres are not always to blame, and Halim said many retread tyres actually came with Sirim (Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) certification, although he admitted that not all retreaders complied with the requirement.
Halim said that 90% of lorries and trucks guilty of overloading were tipper-dumpers.
“For example, they may be allowed to carry only 30 tonnes, but they can be (found) carrying up to 70 or 80 tonnes,” he said.
He added that some lorries meant for general cargo would be used to carry sand and other small items, causing them to spill these onto the road.
Halim said SPAD was working with the police and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to stop these cases from occurring, adding that summonses were issued to errant lorry operators. Lorries that didn’t have the right documents can also be impounded.
Spad has also issued circulars to warn against overloading cases and other offences, but its enforcement did not go down well with lorry operators.
The Star previously reported that 500 lorry drivers and operators protested near Kuantan in September against SPAD’s operations. In one case, 30 drivers surrounded eight SPAD officers before the situation was defused by the police.
According to the Pan Malaysian Lorry Owners Association (PMLOA), it was up to the Government to enforce the law against errant drivers.
“We have procedures to secure cargo, but to save time, some don’t do it properly. But we can’t be following our drivers every hour,” said PMLOA president, Jong Foh Jit.
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