DRIVERS of overloaded vehicles will not be spared when six new portable scales are introduced to pick out offenders driving on major highways in the Western Division.
The new devices authorised by the LTA will supplement the weighbridge work being carried out in the authority's locations in Lautoka, Lami, and Tabia and Savusavu in Vanua Levu.
LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia said the portable scales would address the issue of overloaded vehicles on national roads.
"Overloading is a nationwide issue and it is becoming a concern, especially to relevant road stakeholders which include the Fiji Roads Authority and LTA, but recently it has become prevalent in the Western Division and on Vanua Levu due to high presence of logging activities," he said.
"The authority has put in place stringent measure to control the overloading issue by acquiring six more.
"New places such as Cuvu in Sigatoka, Ba, Tavua and Nayavu in Wainibuka have already been identified where the mobile scales will be strategically positioned to counter and clamp down on overloading or excessive weight that are not authorised on our roads."
Mr Sokia said a minimum spot fine of $1000 was payable should trucks breach the regulations.
"Overloading has been recognised to be both a safety concern as well as a cost concern, and the LTA has incorporated a campaign against overloading in its Road to Safety strategy."