Weigh-in-motion bridges planned

Weigh-in-motion bridges planned

The Reddy brothers have already gone to the extent of pushing CM Yeddyurappa out of his chair over his decision to impose toll on trucks. It is not clear whether the government will go ahead with the imposition of toll from December 1 as decided at the Cabinet meeting.
The transport department wants weigh-in-motion bridges at select 18 places to check overloading of trucks in the state, according to Transport Minister R Ashok.

Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Wednesday, he said it is proposed to have the bridges especially in places where there is heavy movement of overloaded ore-laden trucks.
The system can check the weight of travelling trucks.  The exact locations , however, are yet to be finalised, the minister added.

In a special drive recently, the department had collected Rs five crore by booking cases for overloading. Overloading of trucks had resulted in damage of roads, especially those stretches connecting mining areas to ports.

Ashok evaded a reply to a query on whether the Reddy brothers would be consulted before taking a final decision.

Secretariat sources said that such weigh-in-bridges would go a long way in checking the overloading of trucks as being done now.

When H D Kumarasamy was the CM, the forest department had proposed to establish electronic motion weigh bridge in Sandur of Bellary.

Sources said with the electronic weigh bridges  in place, it would be difficult  to hoodwink the transport department.