Overloaded lorries rampant in Johor

Excess baggage: Comm Ayob (left) at one of the overloaded lorries in Ulu Tiram, Johor Baru. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: More than 90% of the lorries checked by the authorities here over the past five months were found to be overloaded.

State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the police and Road Transport Department (JPJ) had conducted 206 operations under Ops Perdagangan between June and October.

“We weighed 261 lorries and found 239 of them to be overloaded.

“We have impounded 118 lorries for carrying more than 35% above the weight limit, ” he said, adding that a majority of the lorries seized were carrying at least 40% above the limit.

Comm Ayob was speaking to the media during Ops Perdagangan in Ulu Tiram yesterday.

He added that the lorries were seized under Section 119 (1) of the Road Transport Act and Section 81(1) of the Land Public Transport Act.

“Most of the errant lorries were carrying palm oil and/or construction materials.

“There is no specific time for them to be out on the road and they are scattered equally in all districts, ” he said.

He revealed that 3,512 summonses were also issued during the operations that were conducted almost daily in every district in Johor.

“One of the excuses given by the drivers was that they were not expecting the police and JPJ to conduct operations on weekends.

“They try to avoid the authorities by only driving the overloaded vehicles when they felt the coast was clear, ” he said.

Other excuses include having a tight deadline to deliver the goods.

“Some drivers were without a driving licence. This shows how irresponsible the drivers as well as the lorry companies are, ” he said.

Comm Ayob said the police had received complaints from the public who were concerned about overloaded lorries.

“Some of the complaints were channelled through social media such as Facebook. We will continue to monitor and take stern action, ” he said.

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