The Ministry of Public Works impounded 15 overloaded trucks on Saturday along National Road 44 in Kampong Speu province’s Samraong Tong district.
Ministry of Public Works secretary of state Seng Chhoun said the trucks were overweight by between five to 20 percent and they detained them for overloading offences with the owners to be fined.
Chhoun said some of the trucks exceeded the weight limit by six tonnes and others as much as between 20 to 30 tonnes.
He said the ministry had issued directives to take stern action against heavy vehicle owners who do not comply with the traffic laws since November 16 last year and yet there were some who flouted.
“We have explained to heavy vehicle owners the importance of strictly adhering to the traffic laws as their cooperation is important to avert road damage and reduce accidents,” he added.
Department of Public Works director of Kampong Speu province Sou Sunthara said they have restricted overloaded vehicles from using all roads in the province and those who do despite the restriction are taken to task.
According to the Ministry’s report last year, they had checked 2,109,330 heavy vehicles of which 586,103 were found to be overloaded, a decrease of 0.97 percent compared to 2019.
In August last year, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol had advised the relevant authorities to use motion cameras to detect overloaded vehicles.
Chanthol also provided 25 road inspection machines to the Public Works Department at the provincial level to inspect the quality of roads.