Transport Commission Initiates Demerit Program for Truck Drivers
Transportation officials launched a punishment and demerit program for dump trucks driver and operators. Based on a ruling that is issued by the police the city transportation commission and the urban administration, dump truck companies and operators will be receiving demerits when their trucks are caught overloaded and causes serious accidents or 30 percent of their trucks have recorded violations.
These companies will be forced to suspend their operations for five days when 30 percent of their trucks compile violations. The suspension can be extended to 15 days for companies that hire drivers and uses trucks that are responsible for major accidents or doesn’t have plates. When a truck is involved in more than three serious violations ranging from speeding, overloading, running red lights, lane changes, illegal U-turns, covering plates maliciously or not using enlarged plates will not be allowed on roads for fifteen days. If the trucks are involved in major accidents which causes injuries and deaths the suspension can be extended to a month.
All truck drivers must have three years of experience in driving heavy vehicles and is required to pass a training session that is administered by the city dump truck association before they are issued a qualification certificate. Drivers are required to attend 15 days when they have demerits for driving vehicles failing standards three times. Drivers causing serious accidents are required to attend one month training which includes 10 days of centralized training. Demerits will be on record for a year until the next cycle.
In May the city started a two license two certificate ruling in efforts to manage dump trucks better. Besides having a dump truck registration and driver’s license that is issued by national authorities, drivers must display a plate with a unique file number and obtain a qualification certificate verified and filed by the city transport commission.