Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Rules tightened for drivers exceeding cargo weight limits

Rules tightened for drivers exceeding cargo weight limits

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Goods cannot exceed the weight limit by more than 20 per cent. Public Works Ministry

Rules tightened for drivers exceeding cargo weight limits

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced it would strengthen penalties for transportation companies, owners of heavy lorries and individual vehicle owners who exceed weight limits.

In a statement seen by The Post on November 2, the ministry advised delivery firm owners to ensure their drivers obey the traffic law. Goods must not exceed the weight limit by more than 20 per cent and weigh stations have to take measures in accordance with the law, it said.

“If case of repeated offence, the driving licence will be suspended for two years and the [overloaded] vehicle will be impounded for one year under Article 60 of the road law,” it said.

Delivery firm owners, vehicle owners and drivers who are punished have a right to file a complaint as stated in Article 47 of the road law.

Cambodia Logistics Association (CLA) president Sin Chanthy told The Post on Tuesday he supports stricter enforcement but called on officials to enforce the law justly and transparently.

He said the enforcement will contribute to road maintenance and reduce traffic accidents.

“We have to do our part to reduce traffic accidents because it requires participation from everyone.

“This does not affect deliveries. If a driver delivers over the limit, it doesn’t bring benefits so we should respect the law,” Chanthy said.

Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation director Kim Pagna said while he welcomed the move, he urged the ministry to call delivery company representatives to a meeting to tell them about the stricter measures and offer advice related to delivering goods.

“Delivering over the limit has a great risk because it can cause traffic accidents and damage road infrastructure. Some companies have not complied with the ministry’s guidelines.

“We can suspend licences of delivery companies that break the law and impound vehicles for a certain amount of time. It will be a warning to other delivery firms,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Chinese may be first in tourism revival: PM

    Cambodia's tourism industry is gearing up to roll out the red carpet for Chinese travellers after Prime Minister Hun Sen on September 17 indicated that the Kingdom could soon throw open its doors to international holidaymakers vaccinated against Covid-19 – starting with guests from China. Cambodia Chinese

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • Tourism concerns laid bare

    To ensure the success of plans to reopen the tourism market for international visitors, Cambodia must pay utmost attention to two primary determinants – the ongoing paradigm shift in domestic tourism services towards the ‘new normal’, and the factors influencing choices of destinations among foreign holidaymakers.

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in