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LTA Addresses Overloading Damage

Major damage to our bridges and roads in Fiji caused by overloaded vehicles is now being addressed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA). From June to September this year, according
19 Nov 2016 11:21
LTA Addresses Overloading Damage
Land Transport Authority

Major damage to our bridges and roads in Fiji caused by overloaded vehicles is now being addressed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

From June to September this year, according to LTA’s acting chief executive, Aptinko Vaurasi, 184 companies and drivers have been booked for overloading with fines amounting to $1,069,500.  Companies are being fined $1000 for every tonne over the legal limit.

To enforce the overloading, LTA now operates two round the clock weighbridge stations – one in Lami and the other in Lautoka.  An additional weighbridge is located at the LTA headquarters in Valelevu.

The authority is also operating three portable weighbridges here in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. These portable weighbridges are fitted with “accurate” scales that vehicles drive onto to check their weight.

Vehicles found to be overweight are taken off the road, fined, and forced to reduce their load to a legal limit – or are not allowed to proceed.

“We are taking this very seriously. Five trucking companies who continued to reoffend have been asked to show cause why their licences should not be suspended,” Mr Vaurasi said.

An MOU between LTA, Government and the Fiji Road Haulage Association was signed recently to address the overloading problem and to investigate ways in which the truck companies can reduce their vehicle loads through better distribution of weights.

One way, it was suggested, was by introducing articulated vehicles designed to spread out the weight of the loads thus reducing the direct pressure on Fiji roads that were  causing the damage.

“But in the end it is to everyone’s benefit to bring loads down to legal limits no matter the solution.

“Good roads are essential to the country as are the vehicles that help move our economy on them,” Mr Vaulasi said.

LTA’s board chairman Vijay Maharaj said that fines to drivers and company owners were issued between August and October.

“8390 vehicles were checked for weight compliance and 300 TINS were issued with fines,” he said.

“Five new sites have been identified for the installation of permanent weighbridges around Fiji with two planned to be completed within a year.

 

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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