The Norwegian Public Roads Administration issued a ban on 114 heavy vehicles in checks at Svinesund and Ørje this week. “Serious in terms of safety,” says the Roads Administration.
During the inspections where 551 vehicles were inspected, particular focus was on winter equipment such as tires and chains. 53 of the controlled trucks had such deficiencies, and six were prohibited from driving.
“This can easily be cleared up by the transport companies when purchasing statutory equipment, but what still surprises experienced controllers are attitudes among the management of some transport companies where they are grappling with the safety of both their own drivers and other road users,” says Øyvind Grotterød, head of the Road Vehicle Inspection Section in Østfold.
He says they have seen examples of companies deliberately sending their cars with defective chains, too few chains or too poor tires.
During the checks on the Swedish border from Monday to Thursday, the following were also examined: driving and rest time, documents, weight, load securing, brakes and visibility. 221 had technical deficiencies, and a total of 114 of the trucks that were stopped were subject to a driving ban.
“The technical shortcomings are about as expected, but still very serious in terms of traffic safety on Norwegian winter roads,” says Grotterød.
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