JOHOR BARU: The Johor Sand and Granite Lorry Operators Association has urged the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to take stern actions against irresponsible lorry operators.
Chairman Chia Jee Onn said these operators have defied the regulations imposed by the department in 2007, by banning the usage of the tipping semi-trailer lorry to ferry granites and sand.
He said the vehicles also known as the giant bucket lorries were only allowed to transport low-density cargo such as corncob and charcoal as regulated by the JPJ.
“But these irresponsible lorry operators are using the giant bucket lorries weighing 110 tonnes each when fully loaded to ferry granite and sand,’’ said Chia.
He said these heavy lorries laden with granites and sand would cause damages to the roads as the Malaysian roads only able to withstand between 15 and 50 tonnes.
Chia said they also pose dangers to other road users as pebbles flying off the moving lorries could damage the windscreens of a car travelling behind the lorries.
He said many of the giant bucket lorries were seen on the roads especially in Iskandar Malaysia transporting granites and sand for the on-going development projects as well as to Singapore.
“But, you hardly seen JPJ enforcement officers taking acting against these lorry drivers or the operators despite they defying the ban,’’ added Chia.
He claimed more than 200 members from the association faced a decline in their business as the law-abiding lorry drivers were loosing out to their giant bucket counterparts.
Chia said a single trip to transport the granites and sand by a giant bucket was similar to three trips by a dumper lorry.
He said a meeting chaired by the JPJ director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan was held here on May 14 to address issue but until now no firm actions were taken against these culprits.
“This is really unfair to those who play by the rules while those (bucket lorry drivers) who clearly disregard the law are still roaming our roads,’’ Chia lamented.