China recently introduced a ban on overloading transport vehicles, aiming to improve safety and road management. Some lubricant suppliers say it will increase demand for their products, while others are less optimistic.
The ban, made effective by Chinas Ministry of Transport in September, sets the maximum allowable weight of a fully loaded two-axle truck at 18 tons, and 31 tons for a four-axel truck. Drivers will get a warning if they are caught exceeding the limits by less than one ton, and will be fined 500 (U.S. $73) for each additional ton, up to 30,000. Previously, local governments had their own penalties, which were often less explicit on limits.