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CHECK ON OVERLOADING: Motor vehicle inspectors checking the heavy vehicles coming from Port Trust on Flag Staff Road on Wednesday. Photo: S.Thanthoni
CHECK ON OVERLOADING: Motor vehicle inspectors checking the heavy vehicles coming from Port Trust on Flag Staff Road on Wednesday. Photo: S.Thanthoni

P. Oppili

485 vehicles found to be in violation of load limits and were fined

CHENNAI: The Transport Department has launched a crackdown on the movement of heavy vehicles carrying excess loads, particularly the trailer lorries carrying materials such as coal and granite.

A senior Transport Department official said that most of the time the coal-laden or granite-laden-lorries were found to carry excess weight. The practice was dangerous.

The Transport Department authorities have so far checked over 7,600 vehicles of which 485 vehicles were found to be carrying goods in excess of the prescribed limits. The department has collected nearly Rs 25.37 lakh as fine and compounding fee from the violators during the check, the authorities said.

Started last Friday, the check was conducted at four places -- Flag Staff Road, Madhavaram, Poonamalee and Kathipara junction. A team of Motor Vehicle Inspectors led by K. Mohanram, Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement), Chennai Zone,

led the operations. From Monday, the checks have been confined to Flag Staff Road, the authorities said. According to authorities, overloading by heavy vehicles created several problems. It was difficult for the driver to control an overloaded vehicle and chances of these vehicles getting involved in road accidents were very high.

Moreover, constant plying of overloaded heavy vehicles damaged the roads. And, when one of them breaks down on a highway, it would throw traffic along the route out of gear.

A senior Transport Department officer said in some States, including neighbouring Kerala, the Transport Departments had put up check posts equipped with weighbridges. Besides Motor Vehicle Inspectors, a technical officer had been posted at these places. This ensured that vehicles are checked at the entry point itself for overloading and the excess quantity is immediately offloaded.

At present, Tamil Nadu lacks such a facility, which was one of the main reasons for overloading. The State Government should install weighbridges at various entry points into the State to avoid such violations thereby reducing accidents, officials said.

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