The Kenya National Highway Authority (KENHA) on Thursday, May 11 explained the new technology used along the Kenya-Uganda border in Busia to ease movement.
According to an engineer, Wellington Odali, working with the authority, the technology will ensure empty tracks pass after automatically being cleared by the system.
"We have installed the high-speed weighing motion at both sides. This has helped in filtering the trucks," he explained.
The move came days afetr Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda's Minister for East African Affairs lifted the ban of empty trucks from Kenya entering Uganda from the Malaba border point.
He explained that all truck drivers plying the routes, will no longer have to queue for long waiting to be served because the system will clear the empty trucks.
However, he noted that the technology was undergoing changes to ensure that it was more efficient.
The engineer disclosed that in a day, at least 2,000 trucks are weighed adding that the number of trucks waiting to be cleared had significantly dropped.
Meanwhile, on April 22, Kadaga announced changes to allow the Ugandan government to evaluate the progress and impact on cross-border trade.
"So I have directed them to return the trucks here for two months so we evaluate and see the way forward because those trucks are a source of income," Kadaga stated.
The directive barring Kenyan drivers from entering Uganda through Malaba with empty trucks was effected during the pandemic period.
According to a monthly report from the Bank of Uganda (BoU) Uganda's exports to Kenya hit Ksh231 billion in November 2022.