Articulated vehicles carrying cargoes exceeding 12 tonnes on federal roads across Nigeria, will henceforth pay between N1 million and N10 million fine.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this while inspecting the refurbished Digital Truck Weigh Bridge at Old Toll Gate along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Fashola said the measure was not just about tolling but geared towards the Highway Development Initiatives of the Federal Government to curb abuse of highways causing quick degeneration.
He said overloaded trucks usually constituted danger to themselves, the infrastructure and other road users and appealed to the media to join in sensitisation to end the ugly trend.
Fashola said the fines against erring articulated vehicles were from N1millio to over N10 million to serve as deterrent.
He said the federal government was fixing weigh bridges to regulate axle load to increase the lifespan of the highways while at the same time creating thousands of jobs.
Earlier, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola, explained that the weigh bridge constructed in 1974 would prevent trucks with excessive load causing increased spending on road repairs.