A standard weighing system for highway trucks should be placed in every checkpoint in different regions of the country, highway goods transporters and businesspeople say.
The goods transporters say the weight checking system for trucks varies from one region to another, ending up giving different results.
Many truck owners had to pay fines as some scales classified their vehicle overloaded, and also had to endure delays along the route, transporters said.
“In November, when our trucks were carrying goods from Yangon, we were checked on a scale at Bago Gate and no fault was found. We continued our journey and reached at PyinPon Gate, and the scale system was different. We had to pay K30,000 as fine for carrying extra weight,” Ko Zaw Zaw, a highway truck owner said.
“We also had to wait for other trucks to transfer their overweight goods and faced time delay. You will also get different results at different entry points from Yangon to Mandalay and Muse,” he said.
U Soe Myint, a businessperson who transports goods from Yangon to different parts of the country, said: “All respective departments should follow the same scale system.”
A spokesperson from the highway department said to avoid such situations trucks should stop loading extra goods between one gate and another.
“I think every gate has the same scale. The currently installed ones are in conformity with ASEAN rules.”