Out of the more than 77,000 heavy vehicles controlled by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in 2019, more than 34,500 had deficiencies or shortcomings. That amounts to 45%.
The Roads Administration published the figures for last year on Thursday.
“These results show that the work our inspectors do is a very important contribution to everyone’s road safety.
“By eliminating the vehicles and drivers that are in breach of regulations (from the roads), we also make conditions better for all the professional drivers who comply with the regulations,” Kjetil Wigdel, head of external control in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, noted.
A total of 27% of all controlled heavy vehicles were banned from driving until the deficiencies were mended.
“Those who got a driving ban for having shelves and bottles on the windshield – that obstruct the driver’s view – can rectify this relatively quickly.
“It is worse with those who have serious technical errors or who have to change their tires before they can continue driving.
“There are several cases of heavy trucks having to go to a repair shop before being allowed to go back into traffic,” Wigdel warned.
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