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LTA in talks to monitor

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, June 29, 2013

THE LTA will not allow the Chinese Railway Company to monitor logging trucks unless they have the necessary weighing instruments to quantify the weights of trucks.

This was confirmed by LTA regional manager North Isoa Tawakevou who said such procedures could not be done by the Asian company for the Nabouwalu-Dreketi highway until necessary weighing instruments were installed.

However, he said, the authority would work closely with the company to monitor the weight of logging trucks on bridges in the area.

"At the moment, we cannot give any authority to the company to carry out monitoring procedures since they do not have the proper weighing machines," Mr Tawakevou said.

"Once these machines are available to us, we will start the monitoring processes ourselves.

"Talks are already underway with the company and we are at the moment undergoing an awareness period with logging truck operators regarding the need to strictly adhere to weight standards."

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said overloaded logging trucks were a waste of taxpayers' money and energy as they continued to wreak havoc to bridges around the country.