Over­load­ing penalty linked to ex­cess weight?

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The Gov­ern­ment has brought in a graded penalty sys­tem for over­loaded ve­hi­cles ply­ing on the na­tional high­ways, claim in­dus­try sources. They men­tioned that over­load­ing penal­ties will range from two-to-ten times the charge­able toll de­pend­ing on the ex­tra weight that a truck is car­ry­ing. Stat­ing that the new rules have al­ready come into force, the sources in­formed that they are in con­trast to the ear­lier rules, which in­volved charg­ing 10 times the toll fee ir­re­spec­tive of the ex­tent of ex­cess load that a truck was car­ry­ing. Terming the change as a ret­ro­grade and re­gres­sive ac­tion, S P Singh, Sr. Fel­low & Co­or­di­na­tor, In­dian Foun­da­tion of Trans­port Re­search and Train­ing (IFTRT), drew at­ten­tion to the new axle norms an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment, and which have es­ca­lated the GVW of heavy-duty CVs in the 16.2- and 49-tonnes range to 18- and 55-tonnes re­spec­tively. Singh said that this amounts to gross vi­o­la­tion of ba­sic tenets of road safety, dam­age to na­tional as­sets like roads, high­ways, bridges and fur­ther in­creases air pol­lu­tion.

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