Degree of Vehicle Overloading and its Implication on Road Safety in Developing Countries

Mohamed Rehan Karim, Ahmad Saifizul Abdullah, Hideo Yamanaka, Airul Sharizli Abdullah, Rahizar Ramli


The phenomenon of vehicle overloading is not new and has been discussed in relation to the adverse effects on road pavement damage, road safety and GHG emission. Although much has been said in the context of the more developed countries, there has not been much discussion on vehicle overloading in developing countries. In this study, the extent and degree of vehicle overloading in a developing country is established. Half of the 3-axle trucks were found to be overloaded and the degree of overloading is up to 101% of its legal weight limit! The effect of truck overloading on safety is discussed by establishing the relationship between truck stopping distance and gross vehicle weight for a certain travel speed. Comparison between actual overloading data for 2-axle, 3-axle and 4-axle trucks and the stopping distance illustrates the gravity of the situation which needs a comprehensive and effective strategy from the relevant agencies.

Keywords: Road Safety, Vehicle Overloading, Traffic Accidents, Weigh-in-Motion, Stopping Distance

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