GOBABIS: Government forks out an estimated N.dollars 31 million per year in maintenance and repair costs for roads across the country damaged as a result of the overloading of vehicles.
This is a major decrease from the N.dollars 71 million spent on the same cause during the year 2000, representing a decrease of more than N.dollars 40 million.
These figures emerged during the official opening ceremony of the Gobabis weighbridge yesterday.
The opening was addressed by Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Kilus Nguvauva, who said more effort is needed to bring the damage done to roads due to overloading to a complete minimum.
Nguvauva hailed the progress done with the decriminalisation of overloading offences, adding that such decriminalisation would better punish those found guilty of overloading offences, as they would be obliged to pay fees equal to the damage caused to the road.