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FACILITATION OF CARGO MOVEMENT ON THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR (MOMBASA - MALABA ROAD)

In order to enhance movement of cargo through the Northern Corridor, the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), a State Corporation established under the Kenya Roads Act, 2007, with the responsibility for the management, rehabilitation and maintenance of national trunk roads wishes to issue the following guidelines;
1. That following Minister for Transport and Infrastructure's proposal to ammend the Traffic Act, the Authority is enforcing maximum allowable gross vehicle weight limits as indicated in the table below;
Description Current Limit Proposed Limit
Rigid Chassis vehicle with 2 axles 18,000 18,000
Rigid Chassis vehicle with 3 axles 24,000 26,000
Rigid Chassis vehicle with 4 axles 28,000 30,000
Vehicle & semi trailer with 3 axles 28,000 28,000
 Vehicle & semi trailer with 4 axles  34,000 36,000 
Vehicle & semi trailer with 5 axles  42,000  44,000 
Vehicle & semi trailer with 6 axles  48,000  50,000 
Vehicle & drawbar trailer with 4 axles  36,000  36,000 
Vehicle & drawbar trailer with 5 axles  42,000  44,000 
Vehicle & drawbar trailer with 6 axles  48,000  52,000 
2. That all Custom Sealed Containerized Transit Cargo shall only be weighed at the first weighbridge encountered after leaving the Port/ Point of Loading and at the Last Weighbridge at point of exit from the border.
3. That any vehicle established to be overloaded on the Axle or Axle Group but is within the prescribed Gross Vehicle Weight as per the Axle configuration shall be allowed to redistribute its cargo to within tolerance before being re-weighed and allowed to proceed with its journey. Such vehicles will not be charged.
4. That any vehicle which is overloaded on the Axle and Axle Group and cannot redistribute its cargo to within allowable tolerance shall be charged.
5. That an allowance of 5% has been granted on the Legal Axle and Axle Group Weights Limits to take care of possible movement of cargo while on transit as indicated in the table below;
No Axle Type Legal Weight (Kg) 5% Tolerance (Kg) Allowable Weight (Kg)
1 Single Steering Axle 8,000 400 8,400
2 Single axle with four wheels fitted with conventional tyes 10,500 525 11,025
3 Single axle with two wheels fitted with Super Single tyres 8,500 425 8,925
4 Double steering axle having two wheels fitted with conventional tyres 12,000 600 12,600
5 Double steering having four wheels fitted with conventional tyres 16,000 800 16,800
6 Tandem axle group having two wheels fitted with Super Single tyres 16,000 800 16,800
7 Tandem axle group having four wheels fitted with conventional tyres 18,000 900 18,900
8 Triple axle group each having two wheels fitted with Super Single tyres 22,500 1,125 23,625
9 Triple axle group having four wheels fitted with conventional tyres 24,000 1,200 25,200
We wish to inform the public that all our weighbridge stations operate for 24 hours a day throughout the year. The heavy goods vehicles are therefore encouraged to come to the weighbridge station immediately upon loading to avoid causing congestion at and around the weighbridge stations at particular times thereby inconveniencing other road users.
We urge all the road users particularly the heavy goods vehicles to adhere to the set traffic rules on the national trunk road networks including while approaching the weighbridge stations.

AXLE LOAD CONTROL: Rules and regulations.
It is necessary to know the permitted axle load limits and gross vehicle weights, as a driver, truck owner or loader.
The axle load limits for the various axle/wheel configurations, maximum gross vehicle weight, maximum vehicle dimensions and the minimum fines for excess axle load or gross vehicle weight are set in the Traffic Act (Cap. 403).
LEGAL LIMITS FOR VEHICLES
Permissible Maximum Axle Loads
Axle Group
(with Pneumatic Tyres)
Maximum Axle Load (Kg)
A
Single Steering Axle (2 wheels –single tyres)
8,000
B
Single Axle (4 wheels –dual tyres)
10,000
C
Tandem Axle Group (8 wheels- dual tyres)
18,000
D
Triple Axle Group (12 wheels-dual tyres)
24,000
 
Maximum Gross Vehicle Weights
 
Vehicle and Axle Configuration
(Pneumatic Tyres)
Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight
A
Vehicle with 2 axles
18,000
B
Vehicle with 3 axles
26,000
C
Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 3 axles
28,000
D
Vehicle with 4 axles
30,000
E
Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 4 axles
36,000
F
Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 4 axles
36,000
G
Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 5 axles
44,000
H
Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 5 axles
44,000
I
Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 6 axles
50,000
J
Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 6 axles
52,000
K
Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 7 axles
56,000
 

Bulk Liquid Tankers
Type of Vehicle or Trailer
Maximum Volume Bulk Liquid Tank
Two axle goods vehicle
not exceeding 7,000 kg tare weight
11
Three axle goods vehicle
not exceeding 7,000 kg tare weight
18
Three axle goods vehicle whose tare weight
exceeds7,000 kg but does not exceed 10,000 kg
14
Two axle draw bar trailer not exceeding 6,000 kg tare weight
12
Three axle draw bar trailer not exceeding 8,000 kg tare weight
17
Three axle semi-trailer drawn by a three axle prime mover not exceeding 18,000 kg total tare weight 
35
Three axle semi-trailer drawn by a two axle prime mover not exceeding 17,000 kg total tare weight 
28
Two axle semi-trailer drawn by a three axle prime mover not exceeding 17,000 kg total tare weight 
24
Two axle semi-trailer drawn by a two axle prime mover not exceeding 15,000 kg total tare weight 
19
 
MINIMUM FINES FOR OVERLOADING
Degree of Each Axle Overloading or Excess Gross Vehicle Weight in Kilograms
Minimum Fines (KSh)
Fine on First
 Conviction
Fine on Second or Subsequent Conviction
Less than 1,000 kg
KSh 5,000
KSh 10,000
1,000 kg or more but less than 2,000 kg
KSh 10,000
KSh 20,000
2,000 kg or more but less than 3,000 kg
KSh 15,000
KSh 30,000
3,000 kg or more but less than 4,000 kg
KSh 20,000
KSh 40,000
4,000 kg or more but less than 5,000 kg
KSh 30,000
KSh 60,000
5,000 kg or more but less than 6,000 kg
KSh 50,000
KSh 100,000
6,000 kg or more but less than 7,000 kg
KSh 75,000
KSh 150,000
7,000 kg or more but less than 8,000 kg
KSh 100,000
KSh 200,000
8,000 kg or more but less than 9,000 kg
KSh 150,000
KSh 300,000
9,000 kg or more but less than 10,000 kg
KSh 175,000
KSh 350,000
10,000 kg or more
KSh 200,000
KSh 400,000
 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BULK LIQUID TANK
The Weights and Measures Act (Cap. 513) requires bulk liquid tanks to:
i)  Have an identification plate affixed and containing information on name of manufacturer, year of manufacture of the measure, serial number, registration number of the vehicle, for measure mounted on a vehicle and the nominal capacity of the measure
 
ii)          All tankers must be calibrated by an officer of the Department of Weights and        Measures.

 

 


 

 

 

 No.

Station Name 

 Weighbridge Type

 1

Mariakani (Along A109)

 Static

2

Mtwapa (Along B8)

Static

 3

Athi River (Along A104)

 Static

 4

Gilgil (Along A104)

 Static

 5

Webuye (Along A104)

 Static

 6

Rongo (Along A1)

 Static

 7

 Juja (Along A2)

 Static

 8

 Busia (Along B1)

 Static

 9

 Isinya (Along A104)

 Static

 

 

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