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Truckers Clash With Riot Police Over New Weight Restrictions

Protests & Demonstrations Early this morning more than 115 truck drivers known as "smurfs" closed the Inter American Highway for more than three hours, near the entrance of Vía de Gualapa, in the province of Chirquí. The truck drivers blocked the road and demanded that government authorities respond to their requests to reassess the new weight limits set for the types of trucks they drive. When the negotiations failed the truck drivers faced off violently with riot police. The police sub commissioner for the zone said they were forced to call in the riot control police because the protesters were blocking the Inter American Highway which is used by thousands of people every day. Two people were arrested in the resulting confrontations. Although the protesters retreated at about 10 am, they remained in the area of the ATTT at noon as a form of pressure in an attempt to get a response to their demands. On Saturday, the Director of the Ground Transit and Transportation Authority (ATTT), Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, will meet with the protesters. The drivers hope that the dialog with transit authorities will give them the desired results so that they might be able to continue working as truckers. The new weight limits mean they can only carry 75 bags of rice (each weighing 100 kilograms) where before they could carry 120 or 130 in one trip. Simultaneously with this protest, truck drivers who carry fruits and vegetables closed the Inter American Highway at the weighing station in Pesé. (Source: La Estrella)

Editor's Comment: How many times have you seen a truck dangerously overloaded in Panama? It happens all the time. I believe they are talking about bags of rice which weigh 100 kilograms each. 75 of these bags would be 7,500 kilos or more than 16,000 pounds. And that's the new limit. The truck drivers say they used to carry as many as 130 bags, or more than 28,000 pounds. The answer is really quite simple - each of these trucks leaves the factory with a maximum safe load rating. Establish the weight limits based on what the trucks are designed to carry. How hard is that? When the loaded truck pulls into the weighing station you check to see how much it weighs and compare that to the rated weight for that particular make and model of vehicle. If it's over the rated weight, write the fine.

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Truckers Clash With Riot Police Over New Weight Restrictions
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 04:15 pm EST

It is not only a matter of "safety", but how about all the damage caused to the pavement ( roads) that are not designed for those weights. Then the same truckers will one day "close"the highway, because they are in such bad conditions ( forgetting that they themselves were the culprits)

Truckers Clash With Riot Police Over New Weight Restrictions
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 09:14 pm EST

Meh.

I misread the headline... back home, a limit of 300 pounds per trucker should cover most of them.