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Reins tighten on errant trucks

LOCAL authorities detained 34 dump trucks and fined 99 trucks a total of 67,250 yuan (US$9,845) for overloading, dirtiness or a lack of required certificates in an overnight crackdown on improper truck operations.

It was part of a campaign to improve truck safety following a spate of accidents involving construction trucks that have killed 13 people since November 17.

A team consisting of local police, construction and public sanitation authorities checked a total of 335 dump trucks, 63 construction sites and two docks in the overnight crackdown, which ended yesterday morning

The fines were mostly for overloading and dirty appearance. The detained trucks were those that lacked certificates.

"The city has some 2,500 licensed dump trucks, while the real amount is far more than the figure because of many unlicensed trucks," said Liu Weiguang, an official from the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

"The control of overloading and unlicensed trucks can effectively prevent traffic accidents. Overloading can not only influence road tidiness but also risk the safety of vehicles and persons when the driver cannot control the truck well when it turns, runs fast or brakes."

He said an emergency meeting will be held this week with truck owners, construction site officials and district-based public sanitation bureau directors.

"Trucks being found with repeated violations can face a suspension or even withdrawal of dumping license, which can impact a construction schedule," Liu said. "Directors of each district's public sanitation bureau also can face penalties for loose administration."

A citywide campaign to improve operation of construction trucks will end on Thursday.


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