By Standard Writer
The Government is set to install modern weighing machines at its Weighbridge in Athi River to speed up the movement of trucks at the facility.
The new machines will be able to weigh three trucks within less than one minute, a departure from the past where one truck took more than three minutes to be weighed.
The new machines are being installed by Avery East Africa, which was contracted by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
According to Avery East Africa Chief Executive Officer Mike Ohawa, the move will see clearance of goods speed up by ensuring that lorries are weighed in record time.
"We are installing weighing equipment that will measure three axles at once. Soon, no lorries will be piling up at Mlolongo," he said. He, however, wants the law courts in Machakos to speed up the cases for axleload abuse.
"The new weigh machines will ensure three axles are measured at once, reducing realtime spent by trucks on the roads," he said. Mlolongo weighbridge manager Edwin Ranji said CCTV cameras have also been installed at the entrance of the weighbridge to help track offenders.
The images captured are relayed on realtime to KeNHA offices and the Kenya Police. "We are not giving lip-service to the fight against graft. Images of trucks that fail to stop are now available on real time basis," Mr Ranji said.
At the same time, trucks transporting sand from Machakos and Makueni counties have been identified as the most notorious abusers of stipulated axleload in the country. It is argued that most of these lorries carry excess loads, leading to arrest and prosecution of the drivers.
Mr Ohawa said in an interview that the firm has put in place strigent measures to ensure that only lorries that comply with the laws of the land are allowed back to the road after inspection.
He said the firm was in the process of fencing the entire section bordering the highway to shield the station from external interferance by brokers who are perpetuting graft at the weigh station.
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