Overloaded trucks will now be fined 10 times the toll

December 18, 2013

Overloaded trucks will now be fined 10 times the toll

Overloading is one of the major causes of road accidents and fatalities.

 NEW DELHI: Truckers carrying goods beyond the permitted load will end up paying 10 times higher toll charges, as per the new norms notified by the government as part of amendment in toll rules for national highways in the country.

The notification issued after the Cabinet nod also says vehicles must not be allowed to cross toll plazas unless the driver or owner offloads the extra weight at his own risk and cost. Earlier, rules allowed an overloaded vehicle to pass toll plazas by paying the toll charge specified for the next higher category vehicle.

This meant in case a three-axle vehicle was found overloaded, it could pass the toll plaza after paying the charge for a four-axle vehicle. “This penalty was too little. Though the rule also included offloading of extra load, there was hardly any impact. Now, private road developers will have an interest checking overloading as they will get substantial extra revenue,” said an official.

Overloading is one of the major causes of road accidents and fatalities. In 2012, overloading and overcrowding caused almost one lakh accidents and claimed 30,500 lives on Indian roads.

Moreover, a Central Road Research Institute study had shown that with 10% overloading above the permissible limit, the life of roads got reduced by 35% and with 30% overloading, it got reduced by about 65%.

International experts have been pushing for reforms in rules and regulations to make travel safer on Indian roads. Pushing for such reforms, India head of World Health Organization Nata Menabde said last week, “If India can save its children from polio, we are sure that we can save those children than dying on roads later.”

She had said that across the world, road accident was the biggest killer of young population in the age group of 15-29 years.

6 Comments on “Overloaded trucks will now be fined 10 times the toll” Post your comment

  1. Ashutosh on December 23rd, 2013 10:12 pm

    truck can be pass on road total weght of 10 wheeler truck on25000 kg then on up distt. Jaluan orai maourn load truck is very havvy 75 tons this overloading reduce roads motor owner also

  2. szpital on July 9th, 2014 2:29 pm


    Overloaded trucks will now be fined 10 times the toll : Indian Tollways…

  3. Aslambaksh on January 10th, 2015 10:44 am

    Overload is banned in maharastra from 2005 but still in amravati akola so many trucks loading overload and these overload truckes goes from amravati to delhi i am surpriesed how these trucks passes so many states without any checking

  4. Neerja Khanna Advocate on September 24th, 2015 6:52 pm

    I have filed several number of writ petitions in Rajasthan High Court. State Government is following different ways of issuing special passes to the transporters and allowing trucks to carry overload whereas there are orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court to offload the overloaded product and then be permitted to go. The Transport Department itself is accepting penalty equal to single trip and allowing each truck to make as many as 15 rounds throughout Rajasthan . Our Transporters are very much aware of the problem. Another problem is that only small transprters carrying minor overload are trapped for punishment while big transport companies as R.K.Marbles, Shree Cement, etc . are allowed. What to do / I want to start a campaign . If you suport me.

  5. Neerja Khanna Advocate on September 24th, 2015 6:55 pm

    In Rajasthan problem of overloading will never be solved since Transport Department itself is supporting the offenders.

  6. Maninder on June 2nd, 2016 11:18 pm

    Please follow rules proper & follow to implement it properly.

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