PUTRAJAYA – About 95 per cent of the 3,145 heavy vehicles inspected under an operation known as “Operasi Kesejahteraan Rakyat” in three states recently were booked for various offences, including overloading.
Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement director Datuk V.Valluvan Veloo said a total of 3,011 summons and notices were issued during the operation, which was held in Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur between last Dec 8 to 12.
“There are also drivers of heavy vehicles who do not have valid driving licence,” he told a media conference at the RTD headquarters here today.
He said the operation was conducted with the cooperation of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK), the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Valluvan said overloaded lorries are a threat as they cause damage to roads, and the overloaded lorries were mostly those carrying sand, concrete and timber.
“Our roads have certain specification and lorries have a certain load capacity,” he added.
He said statistics showed that the government spent more than RM1 billion on road repair in 10 years and out of 7,000 road accidents reported in the country every year, 25 per cent of them were caused by overloaded lorries. – BERNAMA