Excess cargo in vehicles leads to rapid wearing of roads in Angola

26 August 2009

Luanda, Angola, 26 Aug – Technicians from the Angolan National Roads Institute (INEA) said Monday in Luanda that excess road cargo on heavy goods vehicles was one of the factors that contributed to the rapid wearing out of the country’s roads.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, the technicians noted that road projects were designed based on volumes of cargo, traffic, and capacity, amongst others, which should be checked regularly.

According to the technicians, the structure of the pavement must be in line with the amount and characteristics of traffic but noted that currently systems to control weighing of vehicles were not in operation and many heavy goods vehicles were travelling with excess loads.

As part of the regional integration process, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has set 13 tonnes per axle as teh standard to decide the layers of road paving, which is a level not kept to in Angola.

The basic road network controlled by INEA accounts for 23,000 kilometres of roads, of which just 8,000 kilometres are paved. (macauhub)