Axle load control is a critical aspect of road operations and maintenance. Axle load control, which is usually enforced on paved roads, is intended to achieve efficiency in road network system through routine and periodic maintenance with significant reconstruction or rehabilitation. Overloading leads to higher maintenance costs and ultimately reduces the lifespan of a road, creating an imbalance in the freight business. This hurts compliant operators.
The three road authorities — KeNHA, KeRRA and KURA — have established axle load control units for their respective road networks. A deliberate shift from the judicial system to an administrative system of axle load enforcement is being pursued and involves provision of enough weigh bridges on all critical roads and upgrading of infrastructure on the weigh bridges to include computerisation and linking real time data to the roads authorities and the Ministry headquarters.
There are also plans to introduce automated tickets at the weigh bridges, monitoring teams, elimination of overloading and a review of the legal framework to make penalty for overloading more punitive.