NHAI to take stringent actions against overloaded vehicles

In a major move to deter the plying of overloaded vehicles on highways, NHAI has decided to force them off the roads till the extra load is removed at the cost and risk of the transporters. This will be in addition to levying of penal charges of 10 times the applicable fee at the toll plazas that is presently being imposed on overloaded vehicles. So far, NHAI toll contractors/concessionaires have not been offloading trucks citing the lack of space at toll plazas and other practical difficulties and were only charging 10 times penalty for overloading. As per instructions issued by NHAI, overloaded vehicles will not be allowed to cross the toll plaza but will be towed away and parked at a designated place at the owner’s/driver’s risk and cost.