RDA to im­ple­ment weigh -in - mo­tion tech­nol­ogy...

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The Road De­vel­op­ment Agency – RDA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Elias Mwape says the agency will in­tro­duce Weigh-In-Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy at all toll plazas across the coun­try.

The RDA di­rec­tor was speak­ing dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the con­sul­ta­tive work­shop on the pro­posed in­crease and split­ting of the ab­nor­mal load in­spec­tion and es­cort fee at­tended by the Zam­bian Busi­ness Times – ZBT.

The Road De­vel­op­ment Agency – RDA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Elias Mwape says the agency will in­tro­duce Weigh-In-Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy at all toll plazas across the coun­try.

The RDA di­rec­tor was speak­ing dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the con­sul­ta­tive work­shop on the pro­posed in­crease and split­ting of the ab­nor­mal load in­spec­tion and es­cort fee at­tended by the Zam­bian Busi­ness Times – ZBT.

Mwape notes that the in­tro­duc­tion of the Weigh-In-Mo­tion tech­nol­ogy is aimed at pro­tect­ing ma­jor road net­works from pre­ma­ture dam­age. He adds that RDA wants trans­porters to ad­here to the pro­vi­sions of the pub­lic road max­i­mum weight of ve­hi­cles as per reg­u­la­tions.

The di­rec­tor says the ini­tia­tive will help curb cor­rup­tion in an event that trans­porters un­der­pay the re­quired max­i­mum weights and di­men­sions of ve­hi­cles per­mis­si­ble for trans­mis­sion on pub­lic roads at the weigh-bridge.

Mwape has also re­vealed that the agency is mi­grat­ing all weigh bridges to multi deck plat­forms, with the Ka­fue and Kapiri Mposhi weigh bridges hav­ing been mi­grated al­ready.

“The agency will en­deav­our to pro­vide world class road net­work that sup­ports so­cio-eco­nomic growth in Zam­bia. RDA will con­tinue im­ple­ment­ing mea­sures aimed at pro­tect­ing ma­jor road net­works that are key to the coun­try’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment from pre­ma­ture dam­age,” he said

Mean­while Mwape says there is need for re­vis­ing the K4,075 in­spec­tion and es­cort fee. “The amount was in­tro­duced in 2007 and has since be­come in­ad­e­quate to meet the goal for which it was for­mu­lated, I urged par­tic­i­pants at this one day work­shop to come up with a suit­able fee for both trans­porters and the RDA,” he said

Zam­bia has em­barked on an am­bi­tious Link Zam­bia 8,000 kilo­me­tres bi­tu­mi­nous stan­dard roads pro­ject that are ex­pected to link all the 10 prov­inces of Zam­bia as well as pro­vide trade routes to all the eight neigh­bour­ing coun­tries to Zam­bia via road. The pro­ject has been fol­lowed up with the set up pf toll plazas to raise funds for road main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

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