The truck with concrete tanks weighed over 65 tons instead of the permitted 40 tons. The excess load caused the axle pressures to exceed the allowed limits. In addition, the vehicle combination was too long. The improper transport was suspended on the night of Thursday to Friday (November 23/24), by officers from the Mazovian Road Transport Inspection.
Inspectors from the Road Transport Inspection stopped a truck with a trailer for inspection on the expressway “siódemka” near Grójec on the night of November 23/24. The vehicle combination was transporting four concrete tanks with covers. The reason for the intervention was suspicion of exceeding the permitted load and axle pressures on the road. The truck was directed to inspection scales. The vehicle combination with the transported load weighed 65.4 tons instead of the permitted 40 tons. In turn, the pressures of the truck’s double drive axle on the road were 28.6 tons, while the norm was 19 tons. The vehicle combination was also 1.15 meters too long – as reported by the Main Road Transport Inspection.
The crew of drivers did not present a category V permit for the passage of non-standard vehicles on public roads. The entrepreneur would not have obtained this document anyway. The load was divisible, which means that fewer tanks should have been transported – as reported by the Road Transport Inspection. Inspectors banned further transport of the tanks from the location of the road inspection. Proceedings under the Road Traffic Act will be initiated for the identified violations. The entrepreneur faces a fine of PLN 18,000.
Overloaded vehicles contribute to faster degradation of road surfaces and engineering structures along roads. Moving on roads with overloaded vehicles also affects road safety. Such a vehicle primarily has a longer braking distance and impaired stability – explained the Road Transport Inspection.