Cases of overloading on Namibian roads have risen from 655 in 2000 to about 43,000 in 2016, according to the Roads Authority executive.

Addressing a three-day regional congress of the International Road Federation in Windhoek Tuesday, Wilfred Brock an executive for the Transport and Regulatory Inspectorate said Namibia needs more weigh-bridges to curb the problem.

The International Road Federation is a global not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC since 1948 and supported by regional offices throughout the world.

It serves a network of public and private sector members in more than 70 countries by providing world-class knowledge resources, advocacy services, and continuing education programs which together offer a global marketplace for best practices and industry solutions.

The three-day workshop in Namibia is expected to come up with recommendations on what African countries can do to improve safety on the roads.

Brock also said that there are too few staff members operating at the weigh-bridges and that the country cannot afford new technology.

In other developed countries, Brock said, new technology such as the Weigh-in-Motion (WIM), booms and cameras where there are no weigh-bridges.

According to Brock, there is need to review the law that states that a driver found driving an overloaded vehicle should be jailed to paying a fine.

Since the process of arresting drivers, he added, is tedious and long, the offenders should be made to pay for causing excessive wear and tear of the roads.

Brock further said that the wear and tear caused to Namibian roads by overloaded vehicles has so far cost the government about 50 billion Namibian dollars to repair. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/