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Guidelines on Vehicle Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa

ACCELERATION ACCIDENTS ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AXLE LOAD AXLE LOADS AXLES BEST PRACTICE BEST PRACTICES BOTTLENECKS BRAKING BRIDGE BRIDGE DECK CABLES CALIBRATION CAPACITY BUILDING CAPITAL EXPENDITURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT CARGO CARRIAGEWAY CENTRAL SERVER CERTIFICATE COLLECTION OF DATA COMMODITIES COMMODITY COMPUTER APPLICATIONS COMPUTER SCREEN COMPUTER SYSTEMS CONCRETE CONTRACTORS CONTROL SYSTEM CONTROL SYSTEMS CUSTOMS DATA ANALYSIS DATA CAPTURE DATA COLLECTION DATA INTEGRITY DATA TRANSFER DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT DIGITAL SIGNAL DIGITAL SIGNALS DIGITAL SYSTEM DRAINAGE DRIVER LICENSE DRIVERS DRIVING DROP DOWN MENUS E-MAIL ELECTRICITY ELECTRONIC FORMAT ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS ENGINE EQUIPMENT EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION FAIR COMPETITION FRAUD FREIGHT HARMONIZATION HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE HEAVY VEHICLE HEAVY VEHICLE TRAFFIC HEAVY VEHICLES HIGH TRANSPORT HIGHWAY HIGHWAY OFFICIALS HUMAN FACTOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT INCOME INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INPUT DATA INSPECTIONS INSTALLATION INSTALLATIONS INSTITUTION JOURNEY LANES LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS LIGHT TRUCK LOADING MAIN ROAD MAINTENANCE COSTS MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS NATIONAL ROADS OFFENDERS OPERATING ENVIRONMENTS PARKING PARKING AREAS PAVEMENT PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE INDICATORS PERFORMANCE MEASURES PERFORMANCES POLICE POOR ROAD PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP PRIVATE SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION PRIVATE SECTORS PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS RADIO RATE OF RETURN RECONSTRUCTION REGIONAL NETWORK REGIONAL TRANSPORT REGULATORY FRAMEWORK RESULT RESULTS ROAD ROAD AUTHORITIES ROAD AUTHORITY ROAD CLASS ROAD CONDITIONS ROAD DAMAGE ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE ROAD MAINTENANCE ROAD NETWORK ROAD PAVEMENTS ROAD REHABILITATION ROAD SAFETY ROAD SECTOR ROAD STRUCTURES ROAD SURFACE ROAD TRAFFIC ROAD TRANSPORT ROAD USERS ROADS ROUTE ROUTES RURAL AREAS SAFETY SAND SERVER SERVICE CONTRACT SERVICE CONTRACTS SERVICE PROVIDER SERVICE PROVIDERS SIGNS SITES SOFTWARE PACKAGES SOFTWARE SYSTEMS SPEEDS SPREADSHEET STATE HIGHWAY SUPERVISION TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TELEPHONES TEMPERATURE TIMBER TRADE FACILITATION TRAFFIC CONTROL TRAFFIC DATA TRAFFIC FLOWS TRAFFIC LANE TRAFFIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TRAFFIC REGULATIONS TRAFFIC SAFETY TRAFFIC VOLUME TRANSACTION TRANSIT TRANSPORT TRANSPORT CORRIDORS TRANSPORT COSTS TRANSPORT INDUSTRY TRANSPORT OPERATIONS TRANSPORT OPERATORS TRANSPORT POLICY TRANSPORT SECTOR USES VEHICLE VEHICLE CLASS VEHICLE CLASSES VEHICLE LOADING VEHICLE OPERATORS VEHICLE OVERLOAD VEHICLE REGISTRATION VEHICLE SPEED VEHICLE TRAFFIC VOLUMES VEHICLE TRANSPORT VEHICLES VERIFICATION WHEELS WIND WIRE
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa
2014-04-14T23:13:57Z | 2014-04-14T23:13:57Z | 2010-03

Heavy goods vehicle overloading is a serious problem across much of Sub-Saharan Africa. Such overloading not only significantly accelerates the rate of deterioration of road pavements but, when coupled with inadequate funding for road maintenance, it contributes significantly to poor road conditions and high transport costs. The indicative cost of overloading in East and Southern Africa has been estimated at more than US$4 billion per annum. This exceeds the amounts being spent on road rehabilitation. Therefore, unless the problem is tackled head on, it will negate the expected benefits from the huge amounts of resources that countries and donors are investing into improved road infrastructure across the continent. The cost associated with vehicle overloading can be avoided through effective control measures. The guidelines presented here are an important contribution to tackling the challenge of vehicle overloading in East and Southern Africa. The solutions should be relevant to other parts of Africa as well as to other developing regions of the world. The document makes two facts very apparent: there are in various countries numerous examples of effective overload control strategies which have shown positive results and vehicle axle load control is a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder effort. In other words, vehicle overload control is not an intractable problem and can be tackled effectively with benefits to all road users and to society at large.

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