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Overloading worries FRA

April 27, 2015 6:27 pm

The Fiji Roads Authority wants overloaded trucks and heavy good vehicles dealt with.

Speaking on FBCTV’s 4 The Record, Chief Executive Neil Cook says overloading runs the risk of compromising all the work of the Fiji Roads Authority.

“This is an absolute major problem for Fiji, one of the most critical issues facing Fiji is to get get control of overloaded vehicles. We’ve done some calculations which tell us that if we have significant volumes of these overloaded trucks, road pavements with a life of 20 years or more would be getting destroyed in a couple of years.”

Cook describes it as a culture of overloading heavy goods vehicles – which costs taxpayers tens of millions of dollars every year and poses a threat to other road users.

The FRA is providing advice to the government on how best to solve with this problem and is also working with enforcement agencies.

One suggestion is to look at the type of vehicles used for cartage and distributing the weight more evenly to put less stress on the roads.