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Millions spent on road repairs from overloaded trucks

November 6, 2014 8:54 pm

The Fiji Roads Authority is concerned about overloading of heavy goods vehicles by some companies.

The FRA Chief Executive Neil Cook says they spent millions of dollars repairing roads that were damaged by overloaded trucks in the past few years.

“For Fiji’s economy to grow as everyone wants it to, it’s not just about the central government agencies doing this, it’s about everyone playing their part, it’s about the general public, calling the police if they think if a vehicle is overloaded and unsafe, and posing a risk to their kids and their nations assets.”

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Overloading is a major contributor to swelling and wavy pattern on the roads and repairs to them are costing between $30-40 million.

While the authority is pleased with improvements to the roads, it is concerned about the attitude of road users.

“It’s a combination of good corporate citizenship, so drivers not overloading trucks, loader not overloading them in the first place and the people who are taking the product, not accepting that they are getting product delivered in such a way that its compromising the assets.”

Meanwhile The FRA preferred not to comment about its submission for the 2015 National Budget saying it will work with the government’s vision and affordability.

The government allocated $454.8 million for roads in the 2014 budget.

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