The government will soon require all transporters to be members of a registered association to obtain an operating licence.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said his ministry was drafting regulations similar to those currently governing the public transport sector to apply to cargo carriers.
The move is aimed at creating collective responsibility for truckers as the offence of one operator will affect the whole association.
The minister expressed concern with overloading, which he said is damaging roads.
Mr Kamau spoke on Monday during a ceremony to launch the axle load weight control self-regulatory charter at Mariakani, Kilifi County.
The charter was developed by agencies involved in cargo clearance after realisation that the punitive fines were not deterrent enough to root out overloading.
The document, which seeks to commit stakeholders to avoid carrying excess weight, was signed by chief executive officers of 14 organisations including Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association, Container Freight Stations Association of Kenya and Kenya Transporters Association.
“We know that there are some transporters who, even with all these efforts to commit ourselves to stamp out overloading, will still go ahead and carry excess weight. But let them be warned that we will catch up with them,” said Mr Kamau.
“This event is very important for us and what we are doing today is no joke,” said the Cabinet secretary.
Mr Kamau said he had already instructed officials at the Kenya National Highways Authority to mount mobile weighbridges at strategic points to catch truckers who avoid weight check stations.
“Corrupt officers who tried to scare away our officials by firing at them when we carried out a sting operation to root out corruption, should also know that it was the beginning. We will not relent until we ensure that there is no overloading,” he said.
Source: Gitonga Marete - Nation