18 February 2013

Kenya: Association Pleased With Weighbridges

Transporters have praised a plan by Kenya Ferry Services to introduce weighbridges at the Likoni crossing channel.

Kenya Transporters Association chair Paul Maiyo yesterday said the move will reduce the damage of roads by huge trucks from outside the country plying the Lunga Lunga-Likoni road among others.

KFS confirmed that plans to instal weighbridges are almost complete with the importing of materials worth Sh18 million last month. KFS public relations officer Aaron Mutiso said the weighbridges will increase revenue for the parastatal.

"We are installing the weighbridges for the purposes of getting more revenue as well as for safety measures. Heavy vehicles destroy our ferry prows and we have to find a way to get money for the repair of the facilities," said Mutiso.

Trucks pay between Sh6,000 and 12,000 to use the channel but the charges could go higher. This comes about three weeks after a heavy commercial truck lost control and rammed into commuters boarding a ferry where At least four people were killed and 31 others injured.

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