Axle Load Control

On our highways, it is common practice for the conventional 2-axle and recently introduced multi-axle trucks to over load. Their tyres are also over inflated, resulting in reduction of their contact areas that exert pressures far in excess of safe bearing capacity of the road pavement structure. When overloaded trucks run on flexible road pavements having unbound bases, signs of distress soon appear after the facility is opened to traffic. This results in an early pavement failure and an investment in road construction worth billions of rupees is wasted every year.

Unfortunately there is no axle load control for over loaded trucks plying on our roads. The restrictions have damaged the country's roads and the situation demands immediate imposition of axle load restrictions.

  • Over Loading
  • Axle Load Limits
  • Load Control Impact
  • Over loading by commercial trucks in Pakistan is a serious problem. The heavily over loaded trucks stress the road structure beyond safe bearing capacity. As a result of which roads break up. The government has to spend billions of rupees every year to repair the roads. The local truck body makers are producing wider and elevated truck bodies which enables the truck owners to over load and reduce haulage cost.

    On our highways, it is common practice for the conventional 2-axle and recently introduced multi-axle trucks to over load. Their tyres are also over inflated, resulting in reduction of their contact areas that exert pressures far in excess of safe bearing capacity of the road pavement structure. When overloaded trucks run on flexible road pavements having unbound bases, signs of distress soon appear after the facility is opened to traffic. This results in an early pavement failure and an investment in road construction worth billions of rupees is wasted every year.

    Unfortunately there is no axle load control for over loaded trucks plying on our roads. The restrictions have damaged the country's roads and the situation demands immediate imposition of axle load restrictions.

    The roads which are designed for 8.2 tons standard axle load are subjected to loads as high as 24 tons and gross truck weight of about 80 tons. Though haulage cost is reduced and profit margin for transporters manifolds but it causes severe damage as illustrated above.