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Overweight penalties decline at Luang Namtha truck checkpoint

Overweight penalties collected at the Nateuy checkpoint in Luang Namtha province have declined with overloaded trucks making up 9.34 percent of total freight passing through the gateway last year compared to 34.3 percent in 2016.
Head of the Nateuy Checkpoint Transportation Management Division under the province’s Public Works and Transport Department, Mr Khamphui Bouathongsavang, said recently the checkpoint expected to collect 90.8 million kip in fines from overweight trucks in 2017 following 190 million kip in 2016.
Mr Khamphui said the drop in fines was a result of authorities forcing truck drivers to follow the rules to prevent damage to the Greater Mekong Sub-region Northern Economic Corridor Route (R3).
The R3 is an important national road on which freight is transported from China to Thailand via Laos.
According to statistics from the Boten Border Administration in Luang Namtha province, the 2015-16 fiscal year saw 73,870 vehicles using the road.
The number was expected to increase by 22.05 percent to 90,160 vehicles in 2017.
The increasing number of vehicles could potentially damage the road if truck weight limits are not enforced. Officials said the checkpoint issues fines based on the percentage by which trucks are overweight within the following groupings - more than 10 percent, 21-40 percent, and more than 41 percent.
If trucks are found to be overweight, officials force them to unload the excess cargo and fine them.
Officials believe the number of fines issued will increase in 2018 as the number of trucks carrying materials and equipment for the Laos-China railway climbs.
The 417km railway will run from the Chinese border through the provinces of Oudomxay, Luang Prabang and Vientiane to the capital.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
January 4,
2018)


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