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Road safety returns to the spotlight

ROAD safety has once again become a top concern to the local government as the transport of building waste is expected to enter a peak period as construction sites reopened after the World Expo ended on October 31.

Local construction sites reported 6 million tons of waste last month, over 2 million tons more than the average monthly amount during the six-month Expo .

As a result, traffic accidents, illegal dumping on the street, flying dirt and leaking waste from dump trucks have increased, officials from the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said yesterday.

Shanghai now has 92 licensed dumping companies with some 3,000 trucks.

More than 100 trucks were recently suspended from operation for failing to meet vehicle requirements.

Zou Hua from the greenery and sanitation bureau's waste management department said all licensed trucks must have a global positioning system installed for real time monitoring and after-event investigation.

Illegal dumping is usually done by unlicensed trucks or those that have been suspended, he said.


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