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New weighbridge ensures efficiency, curbs corruption

11 February 2014, 13:10

Nairobi - The Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has launched a new faster weighbridge system that the company believes would ease traffic and save on time for motorists at Mlolongo weighbridge.

According to the organisation, the new system, which was acquired from South Africa, would put a stop to the normal sight at weighbridge where lorries carrying luggage had to queue to wait for turns at the weighbridge.

Engineer Muita Ngatia, a manager at KENHA, said that the system would take only 30 seconds to weigh one lorry while at the same time recording the registration of the lorry.

“It takes a photo of the lorry’s number plate and digitizes it into the computer. The system has an infrared component to it for night vision and an overhead camera,” he said.

Engineer Ngatia said the move was going to address cases of overloading which was a cause of road damage.

He added that 15 percent of all trucks using highways were overloaded.

“We will start charging fines for overload based on the distance traversed with an overload and in the event one does not pay up within three months, the authority will auction the truck and the goods to recover the fine,” said Eng. Ngatia, who is an Axle Manager at the highway authority.

He said the new system would also address cases of corruption at weighbridges whereby it had been a norm for officers at weighbridges to extort overloading drivers in order to allow them to proceed with their trucks.

- CAJ News


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