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LTA Weigh Heavy Vehicles At Ports And Jetties

A team from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) carried out operations at the Port Mua-i-Walu weighing heavy trucks before it boards the vessel. This initiative started from December 2016 to January
22 Feb 2017 11:35
LTA Weigh Heavy Vehicles At Ports And Jetties
LTA Walu Bay

A team from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) carried out operations at the Port Mua-i-Walu weighing heavy trucks before it boards the vessel.

This initiative started from December 2016 to January this year, after the managing director of Goundar Shipping Limited, George Goundar raised concerns on overloading of trucks at the wharf.

Mr Goundar said that 99 per cent of trucking companies overloaded their vechiles. The LTA, he said should be consistent when checking the weight of trucks at the entrance of the jetty.

He said that LTA needed to install a weighbridge at Port Mua-i-Walu.

According to LTA, acting chief executive officer, AptinkoVaurasi, over 225 vehicles have been checked for Gross Vehicle Mass compliance. A total of 30 vehicles have been issued with Traffic Infringement Notices for non-compliance. The fine ranges from $2,000 up to as much as $18,000.

The following trucks can carry weights as noted below as per Memorandum of Understanding:

10 wheeler trucks – 28.5t

12 wheeler – 35t

6 wheeler- 17.5t

Mr Vaurasi said, LTA was working closely with the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL) in securing installation of weighbridges at the major ports and jetties since the ports and jetties were  maintained and administered by FPCL.

This he said would be helpful for Mr Goundar in addressing the overloaded trucks by assuming the responsibilityof supplying weight limit specifications to his clients and restrict overloaded trucks.

Mr Vaurasi said, Mr Goundar could also request them to produce weigh-slips before boarding the ships.

“There are weighing agencies apart from LTA who provides weighing services, which Mr Goundar could recommend to his clients to get the weigh-slips from,” he said.

For LTA’s current activities, Mr Vaurasi said they were fully occupied.

“We are carrying out 24/7 operations at Lami weighbridge and Raralevu bypass road and also carrying out operations at Natovi Jetty and covering Kings Road,” Mr Vaurasi said.

He added, that LTA was looking forward to purchase five additional sets of portable scales and eight operational vehicles to boost operations around the country.


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