Overloading: truck driver over the limit by 16,68 tons

2010-03-04 00:00

A 50-YEAR-OLD truck driver was held at the Camperdown police station after he was caught driving an overloaded truck yesterday morning.

The truck, belonging to Johannesburg-based Montana Trucking and driven by Robert Mboneni, was carrying two shipping containers and was over the legal load limit by 16 680 kg, said Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) officer Inspector Pranesh Panday.

“When we tested the truck, we discovered that its brakes as well as the trailers were not functioning well enough to carry such a huge load.

“The engine mountings were broken and there were oil leaks.

“It is fit for the scrapyard and the driver, at his age, was putting not only his life in danger but the lives of other road users,” Panday said.

RTI spokeswoman Zinhle Mngomezulu said that if Mboneni cannot prove he is only a driver, he will be prosecuted for the overloading.

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