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EASY MEASURE: The authorities can check the weight of goods on lorries on the spot with a portable weighing machine
KUALA LUMPUR: ONE sure sign that there is an operation by the Land Public Transport Commission checking on overloaded lorries is when you see the big vehicles already in a queue on the left most lane.
However, commission enforcement division head Datuk Che Hasni Che Ahmad said this sight may soon be a thing of the past.
"We had proposed the use of portable road weighing machines to check on vehicles carrying more than they are allowed.
"Currently, these vehicles need to be driven to the nearest weighing station before a notice is issued if the lorry operator is found to have violated the Land Public Transport Act 2010," said Che Hasni.
Section 57(1)(b)(vi) of the Act states that the weight of any goods vehicle shall not exceed a specified maximum.
"If approved, the portable wireless device will allow us to cut down cost and time and the process can be done on the spot.
"So far, 450 lorries had been booked nationwide under this section with some operators fined between RM3,000 and RM15,000.
"This offence doesn't warrant a summons to be issued to lorry drivers.
"Instead, we will issue a notice to the operators before the matter is brought to court."
During an operations in Hulu Langat recently, 12 lorries were escorted to Semenyih Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement office to be weighed.
As the notice could not be issued immediately (as the lorries need to be weighed first), these lorries were escorted to the station after the commission enforcement staff caught them plying the road as early as 5.30am.
The team was assisted by Bukit Aman police headquarters' traffic unit to get the lorry drivers and the vehicles to the station in an orderly manner.
Che Hasni said the 62-man team was also joined by Hulu Langat district officers.
Permits to ferry construction materials like sand are issued by the district office.
He said the operations were carried out due to the constant complaints by residents and motorists on overloaded lorries plying the road.
"This had not only caused damage to the roads, but also raised concerns about people's safety as overloaded lorries could cause accidents due to their excess weight."
Also present were Hulu Langat assistant district officer Mohd Azhar Mohd Daud and Bukit Aman traffic unit supervisor Mohd Zamani Abdullah.