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FRA to meet with LTA on overloading

November 4, 2017 11:53 pm

The Fiji Roads Authority will meet with the Land Transport Authority next week to look at ways to curb the issue of overloading.

In the first six months of this year, more than 30,000 Heavy Goods vehicles were randomly weighed in the Central Division alone and of these two hundred and eighty two drivers were issued Traffic Infringement Notices.

Chief executive, Jonathan Moore, says overloading quickly degrades the bridges and road surfaces.

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“Vehicles on the road are getting bigger and bigger all the time, my main concern is that if the vehicle sizes continues and actual loading continues to increase we have to actually start to redesigning existing roads that are in bad conditions because bridges have a weight limit that they can sustain and overloading not only affects bridges but it affects the road surface”

The fixed penalty for overloading is $1,000 per tonne in excess of 1000 kg and the second cause of action is to offload the trucks.

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