Mozambican government to buy weighbridges for national roads

11 May 2012

The Mozambican government plans to buy 10 mobile weighbridges with a view to protecting the road network and preventing its premature wear by controlling cargo weight, said the director-general of state roads company Administração Nacional de Estradas (ANE), Cecílio Grachane.

Noting that non-compliance with regulations on cargo transport was one of the main causes of early road wear, Cecilio Grachane told Mozambican newspaper Notícias that seven weighbridges were being installed and another four were undergoing modernisation in the provinces of Nampula, Cabo Delgado, Zambézia, and Sofala.

Grachane said that ANE would soon launch a public tender to install a weighbridge in Macia, in Gaza province, and added that a lack of control of cargo on the roads was of concern not only to the government but also to cooperation partners that contribute to the cost of construction and maintenance of the roads.

“Mozambique has 30,000 kilometres of roads and we want to try to cover as much of the network as possible by identifying the main corridors and places where the biggest excesses occur,” said Grachane, adding, “there will be no difficulty in identifying the locations.” (macauhub)