Lorry checks

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Lorry checks. Fot. R.Motyl
Lorry checks. Fot. R.Motyl

Overloaded and too heavy, lorries wear our roads and contaminate our air. The Municipal Road Authority carries out checks of such vehicles at dedicated stations distributed across several locations in Warsaw.

An overloaded lorry can do more damage to the road surface than all the passenger cars travelling along the same road for a week. “An overloaded vehicle also consumes more petrol and wears out tyres and brakes excessively, which in turn increases air pollution,” says Michał Olszewski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. “Checks of heavy goods vehicles are part of our low-carbon-economy plan.”

Vehicles by the weight
The Municipal Roads Authority has specialist equipment to weigh vehicles (two special cars and a portable weighing machine) and the right to punish those carriers whose vehicles are loaded with too-much cargo. They are also authorised to commence administrative proceedings to impose a fine on the carrier, and, importantly, immobilise a vehicle which is overloaded. Each check is carried out by the MRA in the presence of a police officer. Checking stations are located along the following streets: Łopuszańska, Przyczółkowa, K. Wóycickiego, Połczyńska, and al. Krakowska.

Checks under way
Lorry checks started on 8 December 2016. 28 out of 53 checks resulted in the initiation of administrative proceedings with a view to punishing the carrier. The checks showed 52 violations of provisions on vehicle weight (some vehicles breached several standards all at once). The violations involved 13 cases of vehicle overweight which carried a penalty of a PLN 500 fine (violations of up to 10% of the permitted weight), 10 cases subject to a PLN 2000 fine, and 29 subject to the highest fine – PLN 15,000. The last-mentioned violations involved overweight by 10 tonnes of the permitted gross vehicle mass. This meant that the lorries were heavier by 10 tonnes than they should have been. The checks also revealed violations of the standard regulating the load applied to one axle – usually exceeding the norm by 4-5 tonnes. Thus far, the total fines have amounted to PLN 400,000. The receipts from these fines will be allocated for the repair of roads worn out by too-heavy vehicles.

Nearly PLN 10 million from the EU for culture investments
Warsaw’s institutions of culture have received EU subsidies in the amount of nearly PLN 10 million. These funds will allow the city to raise the availability of its cultural package and adapt historic structures for the needs of its new educational and cultural resource.
“Thanks to the city’s and EU funds, we are modernising institutions and selected historic structures. The residents gain spaces with new functions and greater access to cultural and educational events. Undoubtedly, these additional funds will allow us to step up the implementation of projects which are important to our city,” says Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw.

Warsaw has received positive decisions for two projects:
New quality of culture – enhancing the availability of cultural resources by modernising and buying equipment for an auditorium and selected theatre stages in Warsaw. The project’s value: PLN 7,872,959.24; the EU subsidy: PLN 4,904,451.98.
•    The process of the deterioration of the historic building of the Dramatic Theatre (Teatr Dramatyczny) will be halted by, e.g., the replacement of the structural ceiling over one of the stages and the replacement of floors.
•    The plans for the Common Theatre (Teatr Powszechny) include the installation of modern lighting and the purchase of audio-visual equipment.
•    The Białołęka Cultural Centre (Białołęcki Ośrodek Kultury) will receive support in the form of new equipment for its auditorium.
The protection of the cultural heritage of Warsaw by adapting selected historic structures to the implementation of a new educational and cultural package. The project’s value: PLN 8,868,890.65; the EU subsidy: PLN 4,935,062.25.
•    Thanks to a full renovation of the historic villa at ul. Siarczana 6, the residents of Targówek will gain the modern Centre of Local Culture and Activity.
•    The residents of the Włochy District, thanks to the renovation of the Koelichen Palace, will be able to use the resources of the district library.