Kenya plans to use virtual weigh bridges in major highways in order to tame the rising road maintenance costs and ensure a more regulated consumption of the roads infrastructure, a government official said on Friday.

Muita Ngatia, Deputy Director of Roads Assets at the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA), told a media briefing in Nairobi that the cost of road maintenance is estimated to be increased from 600 million U.S. dollars in 2017 to 630 million dollars in 2018.

“In order to reduce the rising government expenditure on roads maintenance, we intend to roll out the installation of virtual weigh bridges in all major highways,” Ngatia said.

The East African Community members which include Kenya, have put the maximum gross vehicle weight on roads at 56 tonnes for commercial vehicles.

Ngatia said that the virtual weigh bridge will ensure strict enforcement of overload in order to increase the lifespan of the Kenyan roads.

“We will be able to monitor roads usage by heavy commercial vehicles from a central command station through use of advanced cameras and ensure that those who violate the law pay the heavy penalties,” he said.

He added that the major cause of roads disrepair is heavy commercial vehicles. The KeNHA official noted that the government plans to install ten virtual weighbridges by end of June and another ten after a period of twelve months.

Ngatia added that the virtual weigh bridges will complement the existing brick and mortar weighbridges which are very costly to operate due to need to deploy personnel along the highways. Enditem


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