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Overloaded trucks continue to ply

 Staff Correspondent

Shillong, Feb 9: In what could be termed as a slur on district administrations in Khasi-Jaintia and Ri-Bhoi districts to check overloaded trucks, the Commissioner of Transport has found out that transporters/ vehicle owners continue to bring overloaded vehicles to the departmental weighbridge/checking station at 25th Mile/Shangbangla in Ri-Bhoi district.
The Supreme Court has made it clear that trucks/lorries cannot load more than 9 tonnes but overloading goes on unabted, prompting the Commissioner of Transport to issue a fresh direction on Friday. 
“After issuing notice that the Transport Checkpoint-cum-Weighbridge at 13thMile, Tamulkuchi, Ri Bhoi District has been de-requisitioned and has functioned from 25th Mile, Shangbangla, Ri Bhoi District for purpose of checking/weighing of all goods laden vehicles plying on NH-40, it is found that concerned transporters/vehicles owners still bring overloaded vehicles to the departmental weighbridge/checking station thereby causing massive traffic jam at and before the weighbridge/checking station, resulting in unwarranted inconvenience to the public at large,” stated the circulated notification on Friday.
The Commissioner of Transport also reiterated that all transporters/vehicles owners should mandatorily get their vehicles checked and weighed at 25th Mile, Shangbangla, Ri Bhoi District for appropriate documents as required by law and ensure to carry only the permissible load to avoid delay at the weighbridge/checking station.