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KeNHA warns against overloading, puts up measures to curb corruption

16 September 2014, 11:24 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has vowed to take punitive measures against truck drivers and cargo owners who are caught overloading from the Mombasa Port through the Northern corridor.

KeNHA, in collaboration with Northern corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority and the traffic unit on Monday urged transporters to comply with the traffic laws as well as gross vehicle weight limit, failure to which tough penalties will be imposed on them.

The move is set to ease traffic challenges on the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway,weighbridges and the Northern corridor and facilitate easy transportation of cargo from the Mombasa port is among other steps the Agency is making to improve on the transport sector and boost trade.

Axel load compliance Manager at KeNHA, Mwita Ngatia has said that out of the KES 100 billion allocated to the sector, over KES 27 billion is spent on road maintenance annually, which could be avoided if transporters complied with the axle load limit to protect the roads.

The agency has however launched a roadshow from Mombasa to Nairobi to sensitize road users on the road safety measures it has put in place.

Speaking at the Mariakani weighbridge after officially launching a sensitization caravan on Monday afternoon, Ngatia said they will upgrade road services in the East and central African region to facilitate trade in collaboration with all stakeholders in the transport sector.

"Serious measures have been put in place to facilitate trade. Overloading vehicles will be charged as per the traffic act," said Ngatia.

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He noted that weight-in-motion devices, CCTV cameras and automatic vehicle numberplate recognition will be installed on all weighbridges to curb corruption activities and facilitate service delivery.

The agency has also declared war on corruption at the weighbridges warning that culprits will be prosecuted.

Ngatia said vehicles exceeding standard weight by 10 tonnes will see owners charged KES 400 000  and KES 172 000 for those who avoid weighbridges and twice the fine for a second subsequent conviction as well as prosecution in a court.

This comes a few days after the Anti-corruption commission nabbed some officers engaging in corruption at the Mariakani weighbridge.

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