Globe Trotters Limited, a transportation company on Thursday, August 3 notified the public to expect abnormal load movement on several routes across the country.
As such, the company advised all road users to exercise caution when in the vicinity of the wide load convoy.
“This is to notify all road users and the general public on the abnormal load movement. Please Exercise caution when in the vicinity of this convoy.” The caution advert reads in part.
The company further revealed that the public and road users should expect the 4.2 meters wide load convoy from August 3, 2023, to August 31, 2023.
The convoy will transport these wide loads from 6am to 6pm through the Mombasa-Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret-Malaba routes throughout the month.
What is an Abnormal Load/Cargo
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) Regulations 2013 describe an abnormal load/cargo as one which surpasses the legal load or dimensional limits under the Road Traffic Act.
The Kenya Roads Act 2013 stipulates that the overall length for a rigid vehicle is restricted at 12.5 metres, that of articulated vehicles at 17.4 metres, while a combination of vehicles is 22 metres under the traffic law.
Moreover, about six countries in the East African Community allow an axle load limit of 56 tonnes. Ny addition to this load attracts an overload penalty.
However, KeNHA provides special exemption permits to transportation and logistics companies in the business of moving abnormal load on a case-by-case basis.
To get such licenses, firms must pay additional fees ranging from Ksh5,000 to Ksh250,000 depending on the size and weight of the cargo.
Furthermore, before issuing exemption permits, KeNHA must ensure that a firm meets safety condition requirements for specific cargo.
Requirements to Carry an Abnormal Load
- Pay an abnormal load permit fee.
- Get a special permit allowing you to transport the load
- Have a clearly visible ABNORMAL WIDE LOAD sign at the front and rear of the truck
- Observe a speed limit of 50 Kmp/h
- Compulsory resting (max driving duration 8 hours)
- The truck must be weighted at every weighbridge station along the route and any overload