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Truck Drivers Fleeced in Torkham

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Truck Drivers Fleeced in Torkham

Truck drivers have complained to the Afghan government about the border police and other government officials in Torkham dry port in the eastern province of Nangarhar for swindling them off their money.

The drivers are forced to pay each time they cross the border, when they enter or leave the country.

If the drivers refuse to pay bribe, they are beaten detained.

The border police charge 300 afs every truck driver entering or leaving the country, and 100 afs in parking fee and for sealing the vehicles. A trucker carrying more weight than permissible has to pay 13,500 afghanis to vehicle scale owners.

One driver claimed that the police border in Torkham charged him 3,500afs for stamping his documents. “After my documents were processed, I was forced into paying RS 13,500 by scale operators.”

The drivers asked the government to transfer the security responsibility for cargo trucks to Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Works Eng. Fazal Rabi Walizai denied the claims made by the drivers and said that they had no rules on fining overloaded trucks. Drivers have been given prior warning on overloading trucks, but some still continued to breach the rule. Therefore, scale operators at the Torkham dry port have to unload cargo that is in excess of 60 tons.

The Director said he had no information about the police border seeking bribes from drivers. If found, they would be fired.

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