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EAC discusses harmonisation of vehicle overload law


East African Community experts are converging in Tanzania to study the harmonisation of the vehicle overload control laws and regulations as a requirement of the integration process.

The meeting, the first of its kind, is organised by the EAC secretariat in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency in order to validate the study findings. The study on the harmonisation of axle load control in the EAC is one sub component of the transport sector of the East Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation Project.

In a statement to Daily Monitor, Mr Richard Owora Othieno, the communications officer at the EAC said: “The study aims at making proposals and recommendations on the harmonisation of various laws and regulations in the EAC that currently govern the implementation of the axle load control.”

The study recommendations will be benchmarked with the procedures and regulations on axle load control in the neighbouring sub regions and best practices in other parts of the World.

Mr Othienio said the study on the application of different procedures and basis on axle load control has been raised as a major challenge at the past EAC Ministerial Council Meetings and EAC secretariat has been mandated by the council to fast track the study. With the support of JICA, the study is being executed by a team of consultants led by a Japanese firm Padeco. The first Task Force Meeting with a select number of partner states experts was held on 18 January 2011 to consider the Teams Inception Report.

The Study Team has now visited all the Partner States for the initial data and information collection and fact finding. It is being attended by stakeholders from all the five Partner States including the private sector, other cooperating Regional Economic Communities and the development partners.

Source: Daily Monitor online

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9 February 2011

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