|Tuesday, 16 November 2004|
by Rajmi Manatunga
The Transport Ministry has decided to remove certain categories of heavy vehicles from the roads to minimise the damage caused to the road network by such vehicles.
Transport Minister Felix Perera has issued an order preventing two types of vehicles weighing over 30.5 tonnes from operating on public roads. This order will nullify the special gazette notification of November 21, 2003 which permitted the operation of such vehicles.
The two categories of vehicles to be taken off the road following the new gazette notification are 12-wheelers with a three-axle configuration trailer weighing 34.5 tonnes and 42.5 tonnes respectively.
The gazette also specifies the maximum weight allowed for vehicles of all weight categories. "Heavy vehicles have become a major reason for damage caused to highways and other roads.
It has also been pointed out that the operation of such vehicles on roads along tanks and reservoirs could damage their bunds thus posing a threat to people's lives and affecting the rural economy," a Transport Ministry spokesman explained.
Another two categories of heavy vehicles will also be subject to certain restrictions according to the new orders of the Transport Minister.
These two vehicle types will now have a weight ceiling of 26.5 tonnes and 27.5 tonnes.
These used to have a weight ceiling of 44 tonnes on 'A' roads and 30.5 tonnes on other roads.
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