But the Permanent Secretary in
Muganzi has said the region was under pressure from donors to regulate transportation of cargo.
The development partners, according to the Ugandan official, argue that costs of road maintenance can only be cut if non compliant trucks are stopped.
The East African countries usually depend on aid to maintain and repair their roads.
“We have just been ambushed.
That is why we want to ask them to suspend the ban possibly from December to March next year,” Muganzi said in
Muganzi said once
In addition, the truck would be confiscated and goods forfeited, he said.
Under the traffic law, it is an offence carriers moving with extra load especially fuel and sealed tanks.
However, the alternative, Muganzi said, is to construct weighing-bridges through out the region.
But, he hastily added, they were expensive to erect.
He said a weighing-bridge costs about shs2bn.
“And a weighing-bridge must have a court nearby with a Magistrate and a court Clerk to easily dispose off cases arising from defaults,” the Ugandan official said.
Panic as Kenya bans overloaded trucks
NAIROBI - Transport officials from the five-member East African Community will this weekend rush to Nairobi to ask Kenya to suspend its ban against trucks with quadruple axles and more.