Dodoma — Government plans to build modern weigh bridges in the country that will allow trucks drive through without stopping, so as to reduce congestion at weighing bridges.
The Deputy Minister for Works, Mr Gerson Lwenge, said with modern weighing bridges, trucks will pass through the weigh bridges without stopping. The deputy minister also revealed that there are only seven weigh bridges along the central corridor and not 30 as claimed by some legislators in Parliament.
Responding to the basic question asked by Mkiwa Kimwanga (Special Seats - CCM), Mr Lwenge said all vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes are required to pass through weigh bridges.
Ms Kimwanga wanted to know the government's stand on the delay of goods being transported due to delays at weigh bridges and stops by traffic police. Deputy Minister Lwenge explained that the aim of weighing vehicles is to collect funds to maintain roads and bridges that cost the country a fortune. He said the government is looking at different ways of weighing many vehicles faster so as to reduce congestion at the weigh bridges.
The Central Corridor which is 1,297 km long has seven weigh bridges whereas the Dar es Salaam Corridor which is 915 km long has five. Others are the South Coast Corridor which is 556km and three weigh bridges and the North Eastern which is 789 km long.