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New weighing machines to be installed

18 June 2013, 13:04 Steve Wambugu

Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto said a multideck scale will be installed at Gilgil weighing bridge to reduce traffic jam.

He added that a high speed weigh - in - motion scale machine will be installed at the same checking point to filter the compliant and non - compliant tracks operating along the highway.

“This checkpoint has been causing a huge traffic jam along this road and that’s why new machines will be installed to solve the issue,” he noted.

While speaking on Monday after visiting the weighing bridge, Ruto said the check point was causing a lot of inconveniences to many road users plying that route.

The Deputy Governor added that with the new weighing machines slated to be installed by the end of August this year, they will do away with the need of weighing all tracks one by one.

He also said that police patrol will be put in place at three police station in Naivasha, Weighbridge and Gilgli town as one way of making sure all traffic rules are adhered to by the track drivers.

“With these machines set to be installed soon, we hope this will help us decongest this area and help many track drivers spend lesser time during the checking,” he remarked.

Nakuru County Executive minister for Public Works and Tourism Joel Maina, who had accompanied the deputy Governor, said that his office will come up with ways of building an alternative road for the tracks to reduce traffic jam at the check points.

“My office will be working closely with relevant offices to construct an alternative road which will be used specifically by the tracks,” he said.

However, a cross section of drivers who spoke with the press decried oppression at the checking points saying they are forced to give out bribes at night thus causing huge jam.

“There is normally a delay whenever we come here, especially during the night because the machines that are being used sometimes are faulty and we have to wait,” said Fredick Nga’nga, a track driver plying that road.

In a quick rejoinder, track drivers from other countries in the East African community registered their displeasure with the check points in Kenya saying most of them are not uniform in weighing tracks and thus it gives them a hard time transacting their businesses.

Kato Davies, a track driver from Burundi said that, compared with other check points in East Africa, Kenya is the only place where they are normally harassed because the weighing machines vary in giving out scale readings.

“When we start from Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, every thing is very okay and weighing machines read the same but when we get in Kenya, we are told we have exceeded the required weight,” he said.                        

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