BANGALORE: The lorry owners association in Karnataka takes enforcement unto themselves. On Monday, the Federation of Karnataka Lorry Owners Association (FOKLOA) decided to take on a campaign to stop overloading among their mates in the industry. They have appealed to the government to end overloading menace which in turn hits business repeatedly but implementation of motor vehicle laws have failed them. FOKLOA alleged that overloading trucks are a way of business for the RTO officials deputed on check posts along highways.
B Channa Reddy, president of the association said, Instead of stopping and unloading the excess weight of cargo from the vehicle, officials ask for bribe up to Rs 15,000 per vehicle. Overloading can make up for increasing operation costs (diesel and tyres) in a short time, but it leads to several trucks not getting an adequate load and unhealthy competition in the market. Owners then, quote lesser rates to acquire cargo, which in turn translates to loss.