Truckers Clash With Riot Police Over New Weight Restrictions
Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 02:11 pm EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.