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Kenya to use Sh2.7b to automate weighbridges

By Philip Mwakio | October 14th 2014 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

The Government says it has committed Sh2.7 billion for the automation of weighbridges across the country.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said the management and operations of weighbridges will also be outsourced in measures aimed at facilitating efficient delivery of services and enhancement of faster movement of goods within the East African region.

"We already have High Speed Weigh in Motion (HSWIM), which are currently in operation at the four weighbridges located in Mariakani, Mlolongo,Gilgil and Webuye along the Nothern Corridor," the CS said.

Mr Kamau who was flanked by principal secretaries Nduva Muli (Transport) and John Mosonik (Infrastructure) said the new devices ensure that weighing is only done at the weighbridges along the main streams when necessary or as prompted by the computer control systems.

"There are future plans to install HSWIM at all weighbridges," said Kamau.

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The CS made the remarks yesterday at the Mariakani Weighbridge Field Site in Kilifi County, when he officiated the launch of Vehicle Load Control Charter.

"My ministry welcomes and commends the charter drafting committee for working diligently to develop this charter that promotes self regulation in the area of vehicle loading," Kamau said.

He added the development of the charter compliance is an important milestone in mitigating the damage caused on roads due to uncontrolled overloading. Kamau explained the desire to protect road assets in the region is manifested by the overall vision of the charter, which seeks to commit the member states of the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Co-ordination Authority to take drastic measures in ensuring that vehicle load regulations are complied with.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau Kilifi County
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