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[PHOTOS] These Overloaded Vehicles In China Point To A Much Larger Issue

Photos of overloaded vehicles in China and the smiles its rider carries on his or her face point to a serious issue the nation has yet to overcome.

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Overloading is a serious problem in China - 80% of trucks (or any means of transporation used to transport goods) are overloaded

An electric tricycle is used to transport recyclable material in Zhuji.

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While these hilarious photos feature mostly harmless images of wide-loads of materials like styrofoam, they are intended to bring attention to the very real safety issues surrounding overloaded trucks in China.

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Two bridges, one in Yancheng and the other in Wuyishan, collapsed in the same month in 2011 due to overloading

For months, a bridge over the Qiantang River in Hangzhou, that was designed for vehicles weighing only 30 tons and trailers weighing 55 tons, was abused by truckers carrying loads in excess of 100 tons. The bridge finally gave away in July 2011, when a 129-ton truck tried to cross it.

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In the same month, a bridge in Yancheng, Jiangsu province and another 301-meter steel-arch bridge in Wuyishan, Fujian province, collapsed. Both bridges had been built about 10 years ago.

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"Highway and bridge tolls in China are too high for transportation companies"

A collector pushes a tricycle loaded with bags of recyclable waste in Shanghai.

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Cui Zhongfu, secretary-general of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing. "Sometimes, they can account for as much as 20 percent of the total expense." Therefore, many companies carry too much freight to try to make trips more profitable and compete with rivals.

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More major bridges in China that have collapsed due to "shoddy construction" and/or "over-loading" in PHOTOS:

A section of the Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin City sheared off.

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Dozens of visitors fell into two-meter-deep water after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Xihai park.

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Bridge collapse in Jiangsu, overloaded trucks blamed again.

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A bridge collapses when an overweight truck crosses a bridge in Beijing on July 19. (The Epoch Times photo archive)

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Here is a bizarre collection of photographs that was published by China Foto Press to raise awareness...

A motor tricycle carrying bags of plastic bottles travels on a road in Yuyao

A motor tricycle carrying bags of plastic bottles travels on a road in Yuyao.

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An overloaded motor tricycle runs along a road in Guiyang

An overloaded motor tricycle runs along a road in Guiyang.

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A driver stops to examine his overloaded truck on 204 national highway in Hai'an

A driver stops to examine his overloaded truck on 204 national highway in Hai'an.

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Overloaded trucks are driven along 204 national highway in Hai'an

Overloaded trucks are driven along 204 national highway in Hai'an.

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A man drives a tractor carrying bags of rice in Huai'an

A man drives a tractor carrying bags of rice in Huai'an.

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A woman rides a tricycle carrying polystyrene boxes in Shanghai

A woman rides a tricycle carrying polystyrene boxes in Shanghai.

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A man and a woman sit on a motor tricycle carrying bags of goods in Nanjing

A man and a woman sit on a motor tricycle carrying bags of goods in Nanjing.

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A man rides an overloaded motor tricycle on a busy street in Beijing

A man rides an overloaded motor tricycle on a busy street in Beijing.

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A man and a woman ride a motor tricycle carrying bags of recyclable polystyrene in Shouguang

A man and a woman ride a motor tricycle carrying bags of recyclable polystyrene in Shouguang.

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A recyclable materials collector rides a motor tricycle overloaded with huge bags of waste - and his wife and son - along a street in Xi'an

A recyclable materials collector rides a motor tricycle overloaded with huge bags of waste - and his wife and son - along a street in Xi'an.

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A family ride a heavily overloaded motor tricycle in Taiyuan

A family ride a heavily overloaded motor tricycle in Taiyuan.

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