According to the BGTA, the state transport department should stop issuing tokens that officially allow overloading by heavy vehicles.
The association, which represents 1,200 transporters in the city, has said that the Registered Laden Weight (RLW) and the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of the truck—the specified limits for carrying freight—must comply with the figures specified by the Central Motor Vehicle Act.
Right now, overloading is legalised as the state earns substantial revenue through tokens. But Mohinder Singh Dua, president of BGTA, said a November 9 apex court judgment directing states “not to legalise the offence of overloading by issuing tokens” should be implemented in toto.
“A company that stuffs cargo in five trucks would have to hire 10 if overloading is not permitted. Moreover, fixed costs like toll tax and fuel bill on the fleet doing the trip will go up,” he explains.
Girish Agarwal, general secretary of BGTA, said the SC judgment asking states to unload excess cargo and impose fines on the transporters violating norms is an effective provision to stop overloading.
“Let the state government earn through fines in case a truck is overloaded. The consignor, the party loading the truck, would have to share the penalty for stuffing the truck beyond limit,” he said.
“Smaller players accept overloading due to stiff competition amongst transporters,” says Dua. BGTA has already had meetings with director general of police P S Pasricha and highway police officials to discuss implementation of the court judgment to stop legalised overloading.