Techniques to Counter Rogue Sand Suppliers Using Modified Trucks

Sand Tipper
Image of a 2516 tipper in use at a construction site.
Twitter/Phill Chelule

Days after a modified truck emerged online revealing how some suppliers con unsuspecting Kenyans, different experts shared how Kenyans can keep contractors in check. 

Construction expert Anjeyo Ananda concurred that the trucks were modified to exploit unsuspecting Kenyans. 

“Whoever modifies the tipper like the images we have seen making rounds on the internet is a shady businessman out to defraud and exploit you,” Ananda stated on Twitter.

Other experts urged Kenyans to hire certified contractors with years of experience rather than attempting to save costs by relying on amatures. 

Undated photo of a modified sand harvesting truck on a highway
Undated photo of a modified sand harvesting truck on a highway
Sikika Road Safety


Besides hiring approved architects to oversee the construction process, experts advise property owners to spare time to monitor the construction exercise.

Sparing time to visit the construction site helps property owners detect building defaults and saves money paid to substandard materials.

It is also important for property owners to inspect the tools used for construction before and after usage by the constructors and suppliers.

Experts recommend taking pictures of the tools to ensure a record of the condition of the construction tools. 

“When dealing with sand suppliers, be present when tipping happens. Inspect the tipper by lifting the tailgate without tipping the whole container. You can also take pictures if necessary,” Ananda stated. 

Ananda added that the truck should carry a maximum of seventeen tonnes of sand.

“Some suppliers carry up to twenty tones of sand with this truck but that is not advisable. If you overload the truck, it will cause serious damage to the vehicle,” Ananda warned. 

On Wednesday, January 4, photos of the modified truck showed the back of the truck elevated to enable it to hold less sand.

The photos drew mixed reactions, others arguing that forcing such lorry drivers to pass through a weighbridge was the best way to curb the vice. 

Image of an unused 2516 truck.
Twitter/Anjeyo Ananda
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