Crime & Investigation

Police To Detain Overloading Trucks’ Drivers

cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Odongo ordered police to arrest and prosecute drivers dodging weighbridges saying that they are causing more harm on the rest of the roads.

information pills geneva; font-size: small;”>On the contrary, prescription the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) engineer Geoffrey Obara suggested that East African Community member states ought to speed up the process of vehicle load act regulation making to ease the handling of excessively loaded trucks.

Eng. Geoffrey Obara, the National Roads Authority Axle load control manager, made the remarks on Wednesday while speaking at a one day workshop for transporters, truck drivers and owners at Spring International Hotel in Kasese town.

“The member states of the East African community should expedite the making of regulations in support of the Vehicle Load Control Act 2012 that was passed by the East African Community Legislative Assembly, if the excessive axle loads by long distance trucks is to be controlled,” Obara stated.

Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda Presidents last month agreed to remove all non-trade barriers including weighbridges to ease flow of goods across the region.

Eng. Obara also observed that if the regulations are put in place, all the East African countries will match together in the implementation of the control of axle loading of trucks and set a standard tonnage for long distance trucks.


Uganda National Roads Authority has always pointed at the overloading of the cargo transporting trucks from Mombasa port in Kenya to different directions as the lead destroyers of Ugandan roads.

Eng. Obara further noted that some heavy trucks have started destroying other roads as they take alternative routes in avoidance of the weigh bridges because they carry more than the recommended tonnage.

The transporters, in response, complained that in Kenya they are allowed to carry less tonnage compared to Uganda and it becomes a problem when they are leaving Mombasa with cargos.

They also said that cargo is sealed by the exporters in Europe and Asia without knowing the recommended weight to be loaded on a particular vehicle hence posing a problem for the innocent inland drivers.

They also warned that the weigh bridge at Magamaga in Eastern Uganda is likely to cause accidents because it is located on a steep slope which needs the driver to break from a far in order to park correctly.

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