DLT enforcing use of twistlocks on container trucks

DLT enforcing use of twistlocks on container trucks

Hazmat officials handle a cargo container containing chemicals that fell from a truck near Suk Sawat Road in Bangkok last year. (File photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)
Hazmat officials handle a cargo container containing chemicals that fell from a truck near Suk Sawat Road in Bangkok last year. (File photo by Pawat Laopaisarntaksin)

The Department of Land Transport is rigorously checking container trucks to enforce the installation and engagement of twistlocks to keep the cargo containers safely in place - and has found many drivers are still not using them.

Director-general Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen said on Tuesday that officials were aiming to check all container trucks to ensure that standard twistlocks were installed and used.

Inspections were being made at road stops and at public and private truck terminals and ports accessible to container trucks.

From June 26 to July 12, officials checked 13,172 container trucks and found 130 of them (about 1%) did not use twistlocks and 72 of them (0.5%) had damaged twistlocks.

Those responsible for the trucks were fined 50,000 baht for each violation of the transport safety regulation, Mr Peraphon said.

There have been many reported cases of insecurely fastened cargo containers falling off trucks, killing or injuring people, or spilling hazardous chemicals on roads.


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