This is to inform the general public, in particular truck drivers, commercial vehicle operators and bus drivers that Luwero Weighbridge will start operating on Monday July 25, 2011.
This measure enforces the Traffic and Road Safety (weighbridges) Regulations, 2010 and the Uganda National Roads Authority Act, 2007, authorizing UNRA to preserve our National roads infrastructure. To meet these obligations, heavy commercial vehicles must comply with the size and weight standards stipulated in the Traffic and Road Safety (Weighbridges) Regulations, 2010 under which UNRA is responsible for axle-load control for the purpose of certifying road user compliance with national laws and standards.
Government recognizes that heavy vehicles play an important role in the economy by facilitating commerce; hence they will remain a common site on our roads in the foreseeable future. However, given that roads are designed to carry a given or finite number of standard legal axle loads, overloading by non-law abiding transporters substantially reduces the design life of these structures and causes rapid deterioration of road conditions, to the cost and detriment of the overall general public. The purpose of the limit, therefore is among others, to control the deterioration of the road in line with its projected design life.
Transport operators that continually overload their heavy vehicles affect the business performance of the compliant operators who do not overload and therefore do not compete on equal terms in the transport market. Apart from causing damage to the road infrastructure, this unfair competition comes at a cost to the general tax-payer, which is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
As UNRA operations at the Luwero Weighbridge start, the responsibility to comply with the law rests with the transporters of freight, i.e. the operator, the consignor, consignee and the driver, all of whom will suffer inconvenience from non compliance in the form of prosecution and legal penalties.