Overloaded vehicles to be inspected. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam, in co-ordination with the Vietnam Register, will inspect overloaded automobiles across the country from the beginning of next year.

The inspections will be conducted on roads and at register centres nation-wide.

The inspections will also help discover automobiles which are out of date or using fake certificates.

If weighing stations discover automobiles that have violated laws they will inform the Vietnam Register.

If register centres discover overloaded vehicles, they must ask the drivers to pledge not to repeat their violations. They will also set up a list of transport enterprises with several violations and report it to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam.

Director of the Directorate of Vietnam Nguyen Van Huyen said that for the first time, all five deputy ministers of transport would join the inspections.

The five deputy ministers would check overloaded vehicles at railway stations, enterprises, ports and airports.

Cao Van Hiep, Head of the Hanoi Mobile Weighing Station said that different weighing stations operated on main roads in the city day and night.

Since the beginning of this year, the weighing stations have given fine to more than 1,000 overloaded automobiles worth 5 billion VND (222,200 USD). All fined automobiles were loaded to double their capacity.

Senior lieutenant-colonel Le Van Hoan, Head of the Transport Police Team No 4 which is on duty at the Thanh Tri bridge said that issuing fines was tough because hired drivers were not given the necessary papers by the vehicles owners.

Many also know how to avoid the weighing stations.

Major-general Nguyen Huu Danh, Deputy Director of the Transport Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said that the department will supervise the transport inspectors' work.-VNA