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China launches crackdown on freight vehicles

27 March 2013
The Ministry of Public Security has announced that a six-month safety crackdown on vehicles used to transport freight will begin on 1 April.

The ministry, reported Xinhua, is urging police departments to focus on specific problems such as speeding, overloading, refitted vehicles and tired drivers.

According to the ministry’s Traffic Management Bureau, there are now 19m freight vehicles on China’s roads, accounting for 7.8 per cent of all the country's motor vehicles. However, they caused a disproportionate 28 per cent of road fatalities in 2012 and the accident rate per 10,000 freight vehicles was more than twice that of other motor vehicles.

The bureau said China’s freight market lacked effective regulation, with many of its vehicles being potentially unsafe. It promised to work with other supervision departments to better regulate the sector.

     
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