Materials transported in trucks must be properly covered

Materials transported in trucks must be covered at all times, with the flaps kept horizontal, to prevent spillage.
Materials transported in trucks must be covered at all times, with the flaps kept horizontal, to prevent spillage.PHOTO: NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AGENCY

We thank Mr Leng Kok Meng for his feedback ("Tighten rules to check overloading of heavy vehicles"; last Saturday).

Overloading open-top lorries can lead to the spillage of materials such as sand, mud, stones or gravel. This not only impacts the cleanliness of our environment but can also endanger the safety of other road users.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) takes a serious view of such irresponsible acts.

Under Section 19 (1) of the Environmental Public Health Act, it is an offence to drop or spill such materials on public roads. It is also an offence under Regulation 14 (2) of the Environmental Public Health (Public Cleansing) Regulations to transport such materials along public roads when they are not properly covered. Offenders may be liable to a maximum fine of $2,000 for each offence.

Since 2014, NEA has taken more than 1,500 instances of enforcement action against drivers for transporting such materials with inadequate cover and for the spillage of such materials on public roads.

We have also been engaging suppliers of these materials and transport companies to remind them that such materials transported in trucks should be covered at all times, and that as good practice, transport companies should inspect their vehicle fleets regularly to ensure that the flap covers are functioning properly.

Members of the public may report incidents of road spillage of such materials to NEA.

This can be done via our online feedback form on our website at http://www.nea.gov.sg or via our myENV app.

As long as the feedback provider is able to provide NEA with details of the offence, such as date, time, location and vehicle number, NEA will be able to follow up with further investigations.

The feedback provider may be required to assist our officers in their investigations and, in the event the case proceeds to court, the feedback provider will be required to be a witness.

If photo or video evidence is available, it must be sufficiently clear so as to identify the vehicle and the alleged offender.

Tony Teo

Director

Environmental Public Health Operations

National Environment Agency

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2016, with the headline 'Materials transported in trucks must be properly covered'. Print Edition | Subscribe