The Star (Nairobi)

17 April 2014

Kenya: Transporters Move to Court

THE Kenya Transport Association has resolved to go to court on what it has termed as 'government frustrations'. A dispute erupted between transporters and the Kenya National Highways Authority over axle load weight limits last week and the new directive to remove dummy axle trucks from the road.

Kenha moved to enforce last year's order on dummy axles on trucks after an expiry of three months grace period that ended on March 31. Dummy axle does not make contact with road surface.

Several trucks have since been impounded at the Mariakani and Gilgil weigh bridges for what Kenha say is overloading of trucks. On Tuesday evening, KTA Mombasa chair Paul Maiyo said they have decided to move to court to get stop the new directives.

Speaking after meeting with the members at Mombasa hotel to deliberate on their problems, Maiyo said the new directives are affecting cargo transportation business.

"They need to come out clear instead of impounding our vehicles without telling us what the problem is and what should be done," he said. KTA is accusing Kenha of weighing their trucks on six-axle as the ones with five axles (dummy axles) hence the trucks are said to be

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