Kh.Sugar, director of the Citizens’ Representative Assembly has held a press conference regarding the dangerous situation on the main coal transportation route to China.
Currently, nearly 12000 coal trucks from 161 enterprises are transporting coal on the 239 km road between the giant Tavan Tolgoi mine and the Gashuun Sukhait border crossing. Recently, queues of 4000-5000 coal trucks have been occurring, stretching far into the Gobi, because the border crossing has not been able to meet the export demand. An unfortunate consequence of the queues has been dangerous and reckless driving by some of the truck drivers involving racing each other, speeding and using unauthorized roads.
It has now been revealed that a total of 51 truck drivers have died on the coal road with 42 others being injured over the last three years. In the first 10 months of 2018, a total of 464 accidents occurred involving the coal trucks.