Police in the southern province of Dong Nai announced Thursday that they have arrested three officials at a local weigh station for allegedly accepting bribes.
According to police, 31-year-old Nguyen Thai Tuan, who worked at a high level for the Roads of Vietnam's Traffic Inspectorate, Nguyen Quoc Hung, 39, who worked to check trucks' loads at Dau Giay Weigh Station, and Diep Bao Phu, 57, who supervised e-scales via computers at the station, will be kept in custody for four months as the investigation continues.
On September 10 Dong Nai police caught the trio red-handed receiving VND1.5 million (US$77) from driver Nguyen Dinh Vinh, and VND8.3 million ($426) from others. All the drivers were found carrying more loads than regulated, police said.
Initial investigations showed that the trio would ask drivers for VND1.5-3 million when they found their trucks had exceeded their allotted weight limit by more than 10 percent. These drivers would then proceed on the roads without lightening their loads.
Those who exceeded their loads by less than 10 percent of the maximum allowed weight were hit up for VND300,000-1 million, police said.
The investigation continues to be underway.