Heavy vehicles: 52 drivers arrested in N3 blitz

2008-12-11 00:00

A blitz by the Road Traffic Inspectorate on heavy vehicle traffic on the N3 since August this year has caught more than 750 violators for overloading and driving unroadworthy vehicles.

After checking nearly 15 000 heavy vehicles, 769 violations were discovered and 52 arrests made. Some of the vehicles were overloaded by as much as 24 tons; two were 7 800 kg and 7 160 kg over the load limit.

In the last few days, 15 drivers of overloaded vehicles were fined and two arrests were made. Most of the overloaded vehicles carry containers and seem to come from Gauteng. A truck with a road grader (pictured above) was pulled off the road yesterday.

The trailer on which the grader was loaded was found to be unroadworthy. A blitz that began at 2 am yesterday resulted in 90 vehicles being pulled of the road. Twelve were unroadworthy. Eleven arrests were made after warrants were issued with huge amounts of unpaid fines.

Twelve unlicensed vehicles were picked up. The blitz will continue through the festive season and until the end of January. A major accident was averted yesterday on the N3 southbound highway at Townhill when the brakes of a huge truck carrying a heavy load failed. The driver steered the vehicle into the arrestor bed.

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