KARIBIB: Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina has called on members of the private sector in the transport industry to make use of railway services when transporting heavy goods.
This, he said, will ease the pressure on national roads and minimise maintenance costs.
Nghimtina was speaking here during the official opening of the rehabilitated Trunk Road 7/1 between Okahandja and Karibib on Tuesday.
The Chairperson of the Roads Authority (RA) Board of Directors, Hileni Kaifanua, echoed similar sentiments, and stated that unnecessary expenditure costs on repairing the road network would also be minimised if heavy load vehicle operators keep their loads to the permissible axle and minimum weights.
She warned that the RA is aware that a number of overloaded vehicles avoid being weighed at weighbridges country-wide.
“If you are found guilty of this serious offence, we will let the law take its course,” Kaifanua stated.
Nghimtina further indicated that the number of accidents on national roads continues to increase, adding that a decrease in trucks on the roads may also lead to a reduction in the number of accidents.
“I would like to urge all motorists to be vigilant when driving and to comply with all traffic rules and regulations in order to avoid accidents, deaths and injuries on the roads,” he said.
The minister noted that the government is doing its part to ensure that a safe and reliable transport infrastructure is in place, and said the onus is now on road users to promote road safety.