A Perspective of Overweight Truck Problems in
A.K. Azad, H.I. Al-Abdul Wahhab and S. Parvez
In a survey of commercial vehicles in
It has been observed that over 40% of the common classes of four-axle and five-axle trucks are overweight, the amount of overweight varying from a small percentage to as high as over 80%. However, on a positive note, the revelation that a high percentage of the violations exceed the legal load limit by only about 5 to 15% signals the beneficial impact of the weighing policy. The study, however, reveals that despite the regulatory control, the overweight problem still exists at an uncomfortable level. The problem is further compounded by the tendency of the truck operators to seek various manipulative ways to avoid weighing and penalty. The magnitude of these undesirable practices which have severe damaging impact on roads and bridges is not fully known.