The Gauteng transport department has vowed to take action against six trucking companies that are reportedly "notorious for overloading" the vehicles in their fleets.

The Gauteng transport department has vowed to take action against six trucking companies that are reportedly "notorious for overloading" the vehicles in their fleets.

The six companies could face heavy fines and may even lose their licences for 12 months if found guilty of contravening road safety regulations, said Gauteng transport MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu.

The habitual overloaders are also damaging the province's economy as it has to spend about R100 million every year to repair the roads.

"Some of them have a 70 per cent overloading rate annually, and they could face suspension of their operating licences for a maximum period of 12 months or lose their licences completely," Mosunkutu said in a article.

The companies, which between them have more than 100 trucks, have been summoned to appear before investigators to defend themselves against the allegations. They are ITC Transport, Whelson Transport, Coaltrans, OJ Carriers, ITC and Amalgamated Bulk.

The province has been fairly successful in targeting unroadworthy vehicles since the beginning of the month. Mosunkutu said of the 958 trucks inspected, more than 460 were found to have been unroadworthy and 242 of the 434 taxis tested were failed.

Fifty-two of the 154 tested buses were unroadworthy and Mosunkutu said more than 23 000 vehicles were booked for speeding, 820 had worn-out tyres and 240 had faulty brakes.

Original article from Car