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Truck Drivers Ask UNRA to Standardise Weighbridges

During the meeting, Ssemwogerere Katende, the Chairperson Uganda Truck Drivers and Owner Association, said the failure to standardize the weighbridges inconveniences them especially during the transportation of perishable agricultural produce like bananas.
Some of the angry truck drivers
Truck drivers have asked Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA to standardise weighbridges across the country. They accuse UNRA of using different weighing scales, which they claim affects their operations.

 

 

The truck drivers expressed their concern in a meeting at Mbarara Municipal council hall on Monday chaired by Bennice Kiganda, the UNRA South Western Regional manager.

 

 

During the meeting, Ssemwogerere Katende, the Chairperson Uganda Truck Drivers and Owner' Association, said the failure to standardize the weighbridges inconveniences them especially during the transportation of perishable agricultural produce like bananas.

 

 

He said their trucks are sometimes impounded unnecessarily at some weighbridges due to lack of standardisation. David Baryo, a transporter in Mbarara district accused weighbridge operators for sabotaging their business deliberately simply because they want to be bribed.

 

 

In his response, John Ssejamba, the UNRA Head of Enforcement, accused the truck drivers of loading their trucks in violation of the axle load limit. 

“Truck drivers only want to weigh their trucks without balancing the tonnage. It does not make sense to construct a road however poor it is only to get it destroyed within a month'' he said.

 

 

Ssejamba appealed to the truck drivers to be patient saying their concerns will be addressed.

 

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