Ministry of Communication notifies implementation of new axle load regime

KARACHI: The Ministry of Communication has advised ports/terminals authorities and transporters’ associations to implement the new Axle Load Regime under provisions of National Highway Safety Ordinance 2000 (NHSO-2000).

Over-loaded vehicles will not be allowed to ply on motorways and highways. To carry-out strict enforcement on motorways and highways, National Highway and Motorway Police has planned to depute its staff at each weigh station as well as taking support and assistance of other law enforcement agencies as well.

According to directives issued to Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal, Fleet Operators Association of Pakistan, United Goods Transporters Alliance, All Pakistan Car Carriers Association of Pakistan and All Pakistan Goods Transport Owners Association; the Ministry of Commerce referred to the judgment of Islamabad High Court dated July 05, 2019, and directed to implement the new regime and submit monthly progress report.

The ministry suggested ensuring proper loading of vehicles as per NHSO-2000 and only those vehicles, which observe the law regarding axle load and have been loaded under the prescribed actual load limit will be allowed to ply on motorways and highways.

The ministry noted overloading of goods could be prevented and national assets could be saved from further damages. Ministry also advised the port/terminal authorities to keep strict monitoring to ensure implementation of actual axle load regime as per NHSO-2000.

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