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by patrick lee
Statistics from the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) showed that 55% of traffic offences by heavy vehicles were from overloading.
PETALING JAYA: More than 3,000 lorries and trucks have been hauled up by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) nationwide over freight-related offences – mostly for overloading – from 2011 to 2013.
SPAD statistics showed that 55% (or 1,771) of the 3,225 offences were from overloading.
Up to 545 lorries were also caught for permit or document violations over the period, while another 478 were booked for failing to take safety precautions.
Other offences included carrying unauthorised goods, unauthorised vehicle modifications, speeding as well as some unnamed offences.
Last year proved to be a bumper year for violations, with SPAD recording 2,131 cases, or 66% of the total number.
The Star reported on Dec 30 last year that debris falling off trucks and lorries onto expressways managed by PLUS Bhd caused nearly one road accident each day.
Much of the debris was in the form of exploded tyre fragments, scrap material, bricks or wood.
SPAD operations group head A Halim Husain said many of the tyre fragments were from overloaded lorries, with some found to have carried twice as much as what was allowed.
In these cases, lorries can be issued summonses, though those without the right documents could also be impounded. Also termed as “obstacles” by PLUS officials, the debris also led to an average of two deaths on the roads every year.
PLUS road maintenance crew members are also put in harm’s way when they run onto the roads to collect the debris.
SPAD also confirmed that action could be taken against lorries with cargo that protruded from the edge of their sideboards, detachable railings and wire-mesh railings.
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