Monday, January 17

So many heavy vehicles were stopped – and were not allowed to continue driving

The outdoor inspectors in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration focus on weeding out vehicles that are not in good enough condition and drivers who do not follow the regulations. And they will probably not become unemployed in the first place.

In 2021, a total of 79,856 heavy truck inspections were carried out in Norway, around 800 more than in 2020. Errors and deficiencies were identified in 43,168 inspections, corresponding to 54 per cent.

– I am very proud of the work that is done at all the country’s checkpoints. Not least the fact that we are able to maintain our large activity, despite the infection control measures we have lived with in recent years. This is an important contribution to us as a society getting even closer to the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries in traffic, says head of Outdoor Control at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Kjetil Wigdel.

Short check

He emphasizes that the figures above do not mean that there are errors and omissions in more than half of all lorries on the roads in Norway.

– The vast majority of heavy vehicles that drive on Norwegian roads have everything in order. That there are errors and shortcomings in so many of those who are picked out for inspection, shows that we pick out the right vehicles and drivers, says Wigdel, in a press release.

Last year, approximately 470,000 heavy vehicles passed one of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s checkpoints. Around 80,000 of these were thus selected for a more thorough inspection, while the vast majority were allowed to continue driving after a short check.

The Public Roads Administration struck at night, it gave results

Approximately 470,000 heavy vehicles visited the checkpoints of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration last year. The vast majority were allowed to drive on after a short check.

Must reload

– We are not looking to delay those who have everything in order, but to stop those who do not follow laws and regulations and who may be a danger to themselves and other road users, Wigdel says.

23,096 of those who were checked were not allowed to continue driving until they had corrected errors and omissions. Over 12,500 of these had overload or lack of load securing.

– Those who are banned from driving because a car or trailer weighs too much, must reload before they can continue driving. Last year, we also paid 3,677 overload fees. Vehicles that are loaded too heavily can change their driving characteristics and become a danger in traffic. Poor load securing can also have fatal consequences on the road. Those who are stopped with poorly secured cargo must not continue until it has been corrected, Wigdel says.

Should almost think the train was loaded with lead …

Was reported

1,729 drivers and transport companies were reported after roadside inspections during 2021. More than half of these came as a result of gross violations of the driving and rest time rules.

– Only the most serious violations of the driving and rest time rules are reported. Those who cheat with driving and rest time get an illegal competitive advantage compared to those who follow the regulations and they pose a danger in traffic. No one wants to meet an unsuspecting heavy transport driver along the road, says Wigdel.

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