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The East African : July 28th 2014
The EastAfrican JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2014 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Heavy Haulage and Petroleum Equipment 7 di≠e≥ent ≥ules on this, making it ha≥d fo≥ t≥anspo≥te≥s to know the minimum ≥equi≥ements fo≥ jou≥neys cove≥ing seve≥al count≥ies. The East Af≥ican pa≥tne≥s have laws on the maximum weights and dimensions allowed fo≥ ≥oad f≥eight. Loads that su≥pass the limits – ≥efe≥≥ed to as “abno≥mal loads” – ≥equi≥e special pe≥mits f≥om ≥egional o≥ national autho≥ities. Di≠e≥ent count≥ies have di≠e≥- ent ≥ules and p≥ocedu≥es fo≥ obtaining these pe≥mits – conce≥ning vehicle esco≥ts, allowed time f≥ames and autho≥ised speeds. That makes things complicated fo≥ t≥anspo≥t companies. As abno≥mal load t≥anspo≥t does not comply with the gene≥al East Af≥ican count≥ies’ legal ≥equi≥ements on vehicle weights and dimensions, an exemption o≥ pe≥mit is needed p≥io≥ to ca≥≥ying out an abno≥mal ≥oad t≥anspo≥t ope≥ation. Autho≥ities need to ve≥ify that b≥idge st≥uctu≥es on the ≥oad ≥oute can accommodate. Cu≥≥ently, in the absence of weight. Ca≥go that has not been p≥op- e≥ly secu≥ed can fall o≠, a≠ect the balance of a vehicle and sometimes even tip it ove≥ and cause accidents with othe≥ vehicles. While on the road Up to 25 pe≥ cent of t≥uck acci- dents a≥e linked to poo≥ly secu≥ed ca≥go. East Af≥ican count≥ies have abnormal loads The East African partners have laws on the maximum weights and dimensions allowed for road freight. Loads that surpass the limits – referred to as “abnormal loads” – require special permits from regional or national authorities. Different countries have different rules and procedures for obtaining permits – concerning vehicle escorts, allowed time frames and authorised speeds. Abnormal load: Trailers ferrying abnormal loads from the Mombasa port on Uganda Road in Eldoret cause a traffic jam. The loads were being taken to Rwanda via Malaba on the Kenya-Uganda border. Picture: File Eu≥opean ha≥monisation in this field, inte≥national t≥anspo≥te≥s a≥e conf≥onted with panoply of ≥ules and p≥ocedu≥es, fo≥ instance on vehicle esco≥ts, the time f≥ames allowed, autho≥ised speeds. This va≥ies f≥om state to state and sometimes f≥om ≥egion to ≥egion. Often, this ≥esults in delays and di∞culties fo≥ ca≥≥ie≥s to make p≥ecise cost calculations o≥ to meet thei≥ cont≥actual obligations to shippe≥s and custome≥s.
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