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AGM: Overloading Is Still A Concern

AGM: Overloading Is  Still A Concern
Right:Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly
September 10
11:23 2017

Continued education programmes by the Fiji Roads Authority and Land Transport Authority is a must to help address the issue of overloading that is currently affecting the Infrastructure services in Fiji.

Those were the words of Permanent Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly at the 15th Fiji Road Haulage Association Annual General Meeting at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa in Nadi yesterday.

He said through these education programmes, people and organisations will be more aware of the Memorandum of Understanding and more particularly the requirement for exemptions, firstly through the Fiji Roads Authority who are measuring the trucks.

Mr Bayly stressed the issue of overloading is an enormous problem.

“Out of 1242 bridges, 100 are critical and amongst this is the bridge along the Kings Roads that is near Fiji Water which is significantly a stressed bridge” he said.

“Fiji has several exporters, with trucks predicting a range of 20,000 container units up that Kings Roads, so you can understand how this can have an effect on the roads and bridges.”

Moreover, he added they are working closely with Fiji Roads Authority to get assets and infrastructure not only built but maintained properly.

“Talks are in place with the FRA to get a temporary way bridges out along those stretches, so this is of vital interest to us to get this right.”

Mr Bayly said: “The issue is not just the drivers who are overloading but we got the deal with the people that are insisting on this overloading.

“Overloading the vehicle to ensure that they keep their contract arrangements.”

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