So your brother’s offered you a bookcase he’s trying to get rid of. Problem is, you don’t know anyone with the type of truck to transport it to your place. No problem – just lash the furniture to your car roof and off you go. No big deal, right?
Overloading has been recognised as both a safety and a cost concern. Economic growth demands an adequate transport infrastructure. Overloaded vehicles, especially freight vehicles, destroy roads, and have a negative impact on economic growth – and the damage caused grows exponentially as the load increases. Damage to roads as a result of overloading leads to higher maintenance and repair costs and shortens the life of a road, which in turn places an additional burden on the state, as well as law abiding road users who ultimately carry the costs of careless and inconsiderate overloading. If we can’t control the problem of overloading, this cost has to be carried by the road user, which will require significant increases in road user charges, such as: