Heavy Transport: Excess Cargo Sanctions

On November 20, the moving weighing system began operating in Guatemala, which will verify that the weight and dimensions of the cargo vehicles are within the permitted range, otherwise the respective sanctions will be applied.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ministry of Communications staff reported that the system is equipped with cameras and sensors embedded in the asphalt, which captures and sends the information immediately to a computer. For now, the system is already installed in the first instance in the Belize Bridge.

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Rolando Fuentes, head of the Traffic Engineering Department of the General Direction of Roads, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... the objective of this system is to minimize the impact that cargo transportation has on the country's road infrastructure, since both bridges and highways are designed to support certain amounts of weight."

Fuentes added that "... cargo transport companies are aware of the regulations established in the Regulation and would not have to violate it, as it is in force since 2010. In case they -the transporters- already know the regulation 379-2010. All transport companies are informed of the maximum load they must carry'."

Cargo vehicles exceeding the maximum allowed by the regulations must pay a fine of $195 and for each additional 100 kilos the penalty will be increased at a rate of $9.

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