Danger, VERY Wide Loads

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 Chinese drivers push their vehicles to the limit with hilariously huge cargoes

It is surely a recipe for disaster, but many  Chinese motorists cannot resist the urge to pile their tricycles and trucks as  high as they possibly can while they move their goods – and families – across  town.

Seemingly relaxed, these pictures show  drivers on Chinese roads going about their daily business with alarming volumes  of precarious cargo tottering above their heads.

Pictures from across China show  ridiculously heavy trucks leaning at unusual angles, and tractors  stacked  15-foot-high with recycled bottles and plastic negotiating roads full of  traffic.

These motorists give the term “wide load” a  whole new meaning.

HAI'AN, CHINA
 This truck is clearly battling with  its load as it veers along a national highway in Hai’an, China but it looks as  though it would have a soft landing if it did keel over
NANCHANG, CHINA
 A truck driver keeps his precarious  logs in place, but has to stop to explain to a traffic police officer in  Nanchang, China

 

A fearless bike rider has his goods and family piled above his head as he pedals hard down the street
 A fearless bike rider has his goods and  family piled above his head as he pedals hard down the street
A mound of polystyrene boxes on a street in Xi'an
 A mound of polystyrene boxes on a  street in Xi’an
This pair look unperturbed by the bag towering above their motorcycle in Nanjing
This pair look unperturbed by the bag  towering above their motorcycle in Nanjing
A collector pushes a tricycle carrying bags of recyclable waste in Shanghai
 A collector pushes a tricycle carrying bags  of recyclable waste in Shanghai

 

 A fellow cyclist laughs at her the collector with his enormous baggage in Shanghai
 A fellow cyclist laughs at her the collector  with his enormous baggage in Shanghai

 

A collector of recyclable waste in pushes along his enormous plastic bottle collection in Shanghai
 A collector of recyclable waste in  pushes along his enormous plastic bottle collection in Shanghai

 

Bundled up polystyrene boxes in Xi'an make it difficult for other motorists to get around without causing an accident
Bundled up polystyrene boxes in Xi’an  make it difficult for other motorists to get around without causing an  accident

 

A family squeezes under mounds of plastic bags that are nearly scraping the ground in Taiyuan
A family squeezes under mounds  of plastic bags that are nearly scraping the ground in Taiyuan

The images that were taken from across  China, including cities such as Shanghai, Shouguang as-well-as rural  Huai-an,  show that fellow road-users have to be very weary of these  heavy loaders – there could be disastrous cases of lost-loads and  accidents clogging up the  roads. could strike in the form of a giant  lost-load.

Chinese photographer An Fu, 44, explained  what it was like to witness real-life bulk carriers at their most  laden.

‘These carriers are dangerous,’ said  An.

‘Sometimes they fall over into the road or  the driver is stopped by the police because they’re overloaded.’

‘Drivers load their vehicles with so many  goods because they need to carry as many goods as possible to save money and  time.’

There have been several recent high profile  accidents because of this overloading problem.

Last year, a Chinese driver whose truck was  so heavy the bridge he drove on collapsed was sent the nearly £16m bill for the  repair work.

A collector rides a motor tricycle carrying bags of recyclable waste in Yuyao, China
A rubbish collector battles along the  road in Yuyao, China
An motor tricycle negotiates a main road in Guiyang with coils of wound-up household materials
An motor tricycle negotiates  a main road in Guiyang with coils of wound-up household materials

 the motor tricycle in Guiyang has coils of plastic spilling out both right and left
 the motor tricycle in Guiyang  has coils of plastic spilling out both right and left

 

 A man and his companion ride a tricycle engulfed by bags of plastic foam
 A man and his companion ride a  tricycle engulfed by bags of plastic foam

 

The woman in Shanghai with all her boxes on her bike does not have a hope of seeing traffic coming behind her
The woman in Shanghai with all her  boxes on her bike does not have a hope of seeing traffic coming behind  her

The authorities are serious about clamping  down on the tradition, however cost-effective it is.

‘They always need to cut the costs of fuel  from multiple trips and like the rest of us time is money for these  hard-workers,’ An said.

‘Many drivers don’t have the best vehicles to  distribute recycling and other goods they need to transport.’

‘So they make the best of what they  have.’

An electric tricycle moves slowly through Zhuji
Not just piling it up, but piling it back: An electric  tricycle moves slowly through Zhuji
A man drives a tractor carrying bags of paddy in Huai'an, China
 A driver smokes a cigarette  while his tractor lugs bags of paddy rice in Huai’an, China

 

This man in Beijing looks worryingly close to be being squashed under the load above his head
 This man in Beijing looks worryingly  close to be being squashed under the load above his head

 

a truck comes to a standstill on a national highway in Hai'an
 A truck comes to a  standstill on a national highway in Hai’an

 

An orderly though huge stack of bags in Shouguang
 An orderly though huge stack of bags in  Shouguang

Attribution: Olivia Williams, Daily Mail

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