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New rules to target wild truck driving

TRUCK companies may lose credits or even have business licenses revoked if their drivers violate traffic rules in the future, local authorities said yesterday.

The Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said it will soon issue regulations to prevent truck drivers from driving wildly.

Under the provisions, which have yet to be finalized, a construction company's license may be revoked if its drivers are found repeatedly breaking traffic rules.

A bureau official said that further details could not be released yet as they were still under discussion.

Meanwhile, the city's 4,000 truck drivers will be forced to take safe driving courses, the bureau said.

The drivers will be taught traffic rules and regulations, traffic safety, load standard and to maintain the appearance of their vehicle.

Cement trucks and dump trucks have been nicknamed "street killers" in the local media as 12 people have been killed in accidents caused by such vehicles in Shanghai since November 17.

However, regulating the local trucking industry is difficult because it involves many government departments.

"All the relative departments need to work together," an official told Shanghai Morning Post on Wednesday.

Of the 3,500 construction trucks on the streets in the city every day, 1,000 operate illegally, the newspaper said.


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