Nairobi-Nakuru Highway Motorists Cautioned Over Heavy Traffic

  • Trucks by Seven Stars Company on a road in Kenya
    Trucks by Seven Stars Company on a road in Kenya.
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  • Motorists plying the busy Nairobi - Nakuru Highway have been advised to take caution over an abnormal convoy of trucks that will be plying the route.

    In an advert carried in one of the dailies on Thursday, October 14, TransEast Professional Haulers warned motorists on the route that they were likely to experience slow moving traffic due to the convoy of trucks.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, a representative from the company indicated that the trucks would be carrying wide loads of 5-meters in girth.

    "This is to notify all road users and the general public of the abnormal load movement on Mombasa - Nairobi - Nakuru - Eldoret - Malaba highway. Please exercise caution when in the vicinity of the convoy," read the caution in part.

    Massive traffic on Nairobi Nakuru Highway on June 26, 2021.
    Massive traffic on Nairobi Nakuru Highway on June 26, 2021.
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    The representative further intimated that the load, which includes mining equipment destined for Malaba, also measures 31 meters in length and 5.6 meters in height.

    He also noted that four trucks would be involved in the exercise slated to last two months beginning Friday, October 15 to December 15, 2021.

    "There are four trucks transporting the material which is 5 meters wide. The product is a mining equipment. We transport the load twice per year," stated the officials.

    He further noted that the company often does not need to acquire licenses to transport the road other than running an advertisement cautioning the public of the wide load.

    Over the recent years, there has been a spike in the transportation of abnormal loads following an increase in infrastructure investments.

    According to Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), a wide load is one that exceeds the the legal load or dimensional limits as contained in the Traffic Act.

    In 2013, after the spike in abnormal loads imports, KeNHA began issuing exemption permits for logistic companies dealing with the loads after passing safety requirements.

    The drivers of the trucks also receive a special training to handle the unique trucks which are also build with customised chassis, trailer, axles, tires and trailers.

    An advert published in the dailies on Thursday, October 14, 2021 cautioning abnormal load on Nakuru - Nairobi Highway.
    An advert published in the dailies on Thursday, October 14, 2021 cautioning abnormal load on Nakuru - Nairobi Highway.
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