The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

High-tonnage vehicles to be weighed on highways, ministry

KABUL: Based on the order of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Emirate, Mullah Hasan Akhund, mobile scales have started working to determine the weight of High loaded trucks in the country’s southern province of Kandahar, the Ministry of Public Works said in a statement Sunday. Sher Hassan Khushiwal a technical engineer of the Ministry of Public Works in the South-West Zone said that mobile scales and truck weigh stations are important because weighing trucks prevent overweight trucks from going onto highways that cannot handle the heavy load, according to the statement. “We have the mobile scales across the country and now the scales have started functioning in Kandahar province. We seriously check and control the weight of the high-tonnage vehicles. Because trucks that weigh over the regulated weight limit can cause irreparable damage to roads and bridges,” the statement quoted Engineer Khushiwal as saying. He added that the vehicles will be not allowed to carry a weight of more than 46 tons, saying on the first day of the campaign, many cars were caught that carried a weight of 25 tons more than the allowed and standard weight. One of the most important reasons that trucks need to be weighed is for safety. The highways we travel across the country have certain structural limitations and one of those main limitations is weight. These roads have the maximum weight they can handle, and the only vehicles that can come remotely close to those limits are cargo vehicles such as semis. Although weight limits vary by province, if a truck is heavier than the restrictions for the road on which they are traveling, it can cause significant damage and safety concerns over time. The weight limit of a road is usually decided on by several factors including the weight limit of the weakest structural section of that highway. Weaker spots could be bridges or overpasses, so while the roads can handle more weight, the bridge weight capacity may vary. Structural road safety is not the only cause for weighing trucks, but also vehicular safety. Cargo trucks are required by law to maintain a load that is within the specified capacities of the truck they are operating. If the truck is overloaded, it presents a danger to both the operator and the other drivers on the road. If a truck has too much weight, it cannot maneuver quickly making it difficult to control going downhill and needing much more space to come to a complete stop. Another reason trucks must be weighed is to calculate taxes on the truck. Carriers pay thousands of dollars in taxes to put that much stress on the roads, and it is calculated by their load weight. These taxes help maintain the roads and bridges. Additionally, if a vehicle is carrying more than the weight restriction, they must split their load or apply for an overweight exception permit at the station before continuing. This is why carriers need to know their weights before sending them out to avoid any delays or accidents. At least for business owners, perhaps the most important need for truck scales is profitability. The value of many goods is largely dependent on weight. Operations managers must calculate the weight of every load shipped and received in an accurate manner to ensure fair trade as well as decrease costs and increase profit. M. Nabi Naibi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.