A snippet of news from Russia
Russian carrier companies are not happy at present as there’s a battle going on in Russia between carrier companies and government officials that the carriers are set to lose.
The officials are having a crack-down on over-loading, with the consequence that legislation is being brought forward requiring all trucks weighing over 3.5 tonnes to be equipped with sensors to indicate their load weight.
The move, planned to be implemented by 2024 will forbid the import of trucks into Russia not equipped with the sensors.
According to the publication ‘Russian Reader’ Russian authorities set about establishing weight-and-size monitoring systems for freight trucks in 2016.
Their goal is to maintain the quality of roads and reduce the number of accidents.
Automatic scales that measure the axial load of trucks have been installed on highways in test regions.
If a truck is overweight, the carrier must pay a fine of up to 450,000 rubles [approx. 5,800 euros].
A total of 27 checkpoints in 18 Russian regions have been set up on federal highways.
By 2024, the number of checkpoints is expected to rise to 387, covering federal and regional highways in 75 regions.
The Transport Ministry has reported that a pilot program in the Vologda Region of Russia revealed that the average overload is 30%.
During their first year of operation, the checkpoints reduced the number of violators from 40% to 4% which is probably not surprising considering the size of the fine.