TANROADS vows to end overloading trucks

Mwanza: TANZANIA National Road Agency (TANROADS) has vowed to put to an end the challenge of trucks overloading, which in turn contribute to damaging roads in the country.

This was stated by TANROADS Chief Executive Officer, Eng Mohammed Besta in a speech read by Director of Safety and Environment in the Ministry of Works, Mr Kashinde Musa, during the opening of a two-day training here for newly employed agency’s workers and transporters.

He said the government through the TANROADS has been making huge efforts to end the problem of cargo overloading.

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”The problem of overloading has been decreasing and we aim to totally eliminate it. In the financial year 2018/2019 the problem was at 0.7 per cent and in 2019/20 the problem was at 0.66 per cent,” he said.

He said in the fiscal year 2020/21 the problem of overloading was 0.55 per cent and in 2021/22 the problem was 0.48 per cent.

Also, in the year 2022/23 the problem was 0.27 per cent. He said that during the first quarter of the fiscal year 2023/24, the problem of overloading reached 0.26 per cent.

Mr Musa further said that one of the Government’s strategies to end the problem was through creating awareness by training transport stakeholders and agency’s staff stationed at weighbridges.

Explaining about the training, Mr Musa said that the training will help in reducing the effects of road damage.

He has said that the training will cover the whole country for weighbridges managers and transport officers.

Mr Musa said that they also conduct training programme for transporters, especially those carrying transit cargo from the Dar-es-salaam Port to the borders of Tunduma, Rusumo, Kabanga and Mtukula.

One of TANROADS staff working at Tinde weighbridge in Shinyanga Region, Mr  Lumelezi Robert said that the knowledge over carrying acceptable load weight among logistics stakeholders was still very low.

He asked the TANROADS to continue providing awareness education so that more stakeholders could grasp the knowledge.

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