Page 162 - Atouts Economiques Cameroun-2019-GB
P. 162

                 After a few years of experimentation and educa- tion, road weighing has moved to repressive stage. Equipping weighing stations with efficient working material earned the operation much cre- dit resulting in a considerable reduction of over- weighed vehicles. The current objective is to reduce to zero the percentage of overweighing.
Load control is done using a mobile axle wei- ghing, which is a low-speed weighing equip- ment that can weigh a moving vehicle (10-15 km/hour).
Generally, 400 to 800 vehicles are weighed per day on the Yaoundé-Douala main road, what brought the interministerial committee in charge of road weighing operations to lay special emphasis on maintenance of equipment.
Authorized loads in Cameroon are described as follows:
n Gross laden weight: 50 tons n Simple axle: 13 tons
n Two-axle group: 21 tons
n Tri-axle group: 27 tons
Transporters who fail to comply with these loads are exposed to a fine worth CFA 50,000 francs (US $110) by overweighed ton.
While asphalted roads in Cameroon deeply suf- fer from overweighing, the non-compliance with rain gates is the factor that most negatively
impacts on dirt roads. The regulation in force pro- vides for severe sanctions against trespassers who drive vehicles of more than 3.5 tons or authorized 12-seat vehicles to cross rain gates after rains.
The same regulations forbid traffic 2 to 4 hours after rain for vehicles falling under the category referred to above. Amount of fine is CFA 250,000 francs (US $500), to which is added withdrawal of a driver’s licence for one year.
In the days to come, extension of deterrence and punitive measures are provided against all infrin- gements that may be a serious threat to the natio- nal road heritage.
The national policy for road infrastructure deve- lopment lays emphasis on new investments. A number of asphalted main roads and engineered structures are being constructed. The extension of the national road network and the difficulty of keeping it in good repair led the public authori- ties to rethink road policy in Cameroon, and the missions of the Ministry of Public Works redefi- ned.
The target objective was to get the ministerial department to take into account all the factors that contribute to safeguarding the road.
To date, the Ministry of Public Works is responsi- ble for road heritage protection, design, imple- mentation and supervision of all public works in Cameroon.
A large construction and maintenance programme is in progress on the national road network

   160   161   162   163   164