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Rules tightened to lower truck deaths

TRUCK drivers who have been found fully or mostly responsible for road traffic deaths will be banned from driving dump trucks from next year, according to the new regulations local government announced yesterday.

Under the amended regulations, drivers must have more than three years' experience of driving heavy vehicles without being involved in an fatal accident for which they were fully or mostly responsible.

Trucks must also be fitted with indicators and a reversing warning recording.

The regulations, which will take effect on January 1, also target the illegal transportation and dumping of building site debris.

Companies can lose their license if they violate regulations on construction waste transportation. Offences include overloading vehicles and leaking debris onto the road.

Only two companies were fined this year, officials said yesterday.

One company, whose truck killed a 12-year-old girl and injured her father in June, was fined 80,000 yuan (US$12,048). The case against the driver is still ongoing.

Another company was fined 50,000 yuan for violating transportation and dumping rules.

No company has lost its license this year, Liu Weiguang, an official with the bureau, said yesterday.

There are some 200 licensed dumping companies in the city, with 2,800 licensed trucks and 3,000 trained drivers.

However, officials estimated there are around 4,000 unlicensed dump trucks in Shanghai.

According to traffic police, dump trucks were involved 27 traffic accidents in the first half of this year, killing 14 people. Truck drivers were responsible for more than half of these cases, officers said.


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