A Vietnamese driver pointed the finger to his assistant after he was told by attendants at a weighbridge that his truck was overloaded, saying that “overweight man” was to blame for the excessive load.
Huynh Dinh Bao had his truck weighed at the weighbridge on Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Day expressway, which connects the southern megacity with Dong Nai Province, on Thursday, the fourth day a campaign to check overloading vehicles was in effect there.
The 43-year-old driver was at first shocked to see a message saying his truck was overloaded appears on a screen at the weighbridge.
He paused for a while, and turned to a fee collecting attendant and made a broad smile.
“Maybe the assistant driver is too fat that the truck is overloaded, as I am carrying nothing on the vehicle,” he said.
Bao and his assistant then opened the empty cargo on the vehicle to prove his statement.
Starting Monday, a weighbridge, operated by the Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC, was set up at the Long Phuoc toll booth in Dau Giay town in Dong Nai to prevent overloaded vehicles to enter the expressway.
But it was not the only time the weighbridge sounded an overloading alert for a vehicle that carried nothing.
Mai Le Tan, a driver from Dong Nai, did not know what happened when he was told that his truck was overloaded.
He jumped out of the vehicle angrily, and opened the cargo to show the weighbridge attendants that there was nothing inside.
An attendant checked the system and found that the screen was displaying a license plate different from that of Tan’s truck.
The system apparently failed to capture the correct license plates of vehicles, and only displayed strange texts such as “1YVATAI”, “11YATAI”, and “DONGPON”, according to observation by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Many drivers thus asserted that the weighbridge is problematic, and doubted the accuracy of its operations.
The Vietnam Expressway Services Engineering JSC said the weighbridge detected 881 overloaded vehicles and prohibited them from entering the expressway between Monday and Thursday.