Michael Kamau, the Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary made this announcement on Monday. He indicated that the move will improve movement of goods within the country and East Africa at large. The automation of weighbridges will reduce the amount of time taken by trucks for clearance in various parts of the country.
Weighbridges are a measure to curb overloading of trucks that wreck the roads in the country. The automation will also make the highways safer, reduce corruption, reduce the cost of transportation, and ultimately reduce the cost of goods for consumers. According to the Cabinet Secretary, High Speed Weigh in Motion (HSWIM) systems have already been installed in four weighbridges in other parts of the country.
The technology measures axle weights as a vehicle travels along the road. Trucks with the required weight are allowed to drive through while those that are overloaded are diverted to the weighbridge for static weighing.