Axle Load Control: Rules & Regulations

It is necessary to know the permitted axle load limits and gross vehicle weights, as a driver, truck owner or loader. The axle load limits for the various axle/wheel configurations, maximum gross vehicle weight, maximum vehicle dimensions and the minimum fines for excess axle load or gross vehicle weight are set in the Traffic Act (Cap. 403).

Legal Limits for Vehicles

Permissible Maximum Axle Loads

Axle Group (with Pneumatic Tyres)

Maximum Axle Load (Kg)

A

Single Steering Axle (2 wheels fitted with single tyres)

8,000

B

Single Axle (4 wheels fitted with dual tyres)

10,000

C

Tandem Axle Group (8 wheels- dual tyres)

18,000

D

Triple Axle Group (12 wheels-dual tyres)

24,000

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weights

 

Vehicle and Axle Configuration(Pneumatic Tyres)

Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight (Kg)

A

Vehicle with 2 axles

18,000

B

Vehicle with 3 axles

26,000

C

Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 3 axles

28,000

D

Vehicle with 4 axles

30,000

E

Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 4 axles

36,000

F

Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 4 axles

36,000

G

Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 5 axles

44,000

H

Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 5 axles

44,000

I

Vehicle and semi-trailer with total of 6 axles

50,000

J

Vehicle and drawbar trailer with total of 6 axles

52,000


WeighBridges Bulk Liquid Tankers

Additional Requirements for Bulk Liquid Tankers at all Weighbridge Stations in kenya

Bulk Liquid Tankers

Type of Vehicle or Trailer

Maximum Volume Bulk Liquid Tank (Cubic Meters)

Two axle goods vehicle not exceeding 7,000 kg tare weight

11

Three axle goods vehicle not exceeding 7,000 kg tare weight

18

Three axle goods vehicle whose tare weight exceeds7,000 kg but does not exceed 10,000 kg

14

Two axle draw bar trailer not exceeding 6,000 kg tare weight

12

Three axle draw bar trailer not exceeding 8,000 kg tare weight

17

Three axle semi-trailer drawn by a three axle prime mover not exceeding 18,000 kg total tare weight

35

Three axle semi-trailer drawn by a two axle prime mover not exceeding 17,000 kg total tare weight

28

Two axle semi-trailer drawn by a three axle prime mover not exceeding 17,000 kg total tare weight

24

Two axle semi-trailer drawn by a two axle prime mover not exceeding 15,000 kg total tare weight

19

Minimum Fines For Overloading

These are fine charges which a truck owner will have to encouner when there os a violation of the weigh-bridge rules. This applies mainly when there is overloaded trucks. These are fines which are under rules and regulations of KENHA

Degree of Each Axle Overloading or Excess Gross Vehicle Weight in Kilograms

Minimum Fines (KSh)

 

Fine on First Conviction

Fine on Second or Subsequent Conviction

Less than 1,000 kg

KSh 5,000

KSh 10,000

1,000 kg or more but less than 2,000 kg

KSh 10,000

KSh 20,000

2,000 kg or more but less than 3,000 kg

KSh 15,000

KSh 30,000

3,000 kg or more but less than 4,000 kg

KSh 20,000

KSh 40,000

4,000 kg or more but less than 5,000 kg

KSh 30,000

KSh 60,000

5,000 kg or more but less than 6,000 kg

KSh 50,000

KSh 100,000

6,000 kg or more but less than 7,000 kg

KSh 75,000

KSh 150,000

7,000 kg or more but less than 8,000 kg

KSh 100,000

KSh 200,000

8,000 kg or more but less than 9,000 kg

KSh 150,000

KSh 300,000

9,000 kg or more but less than 10,000 kg

KSh 175,000

KSh 350,000

10,000 kg or more

KSh 200,000

KSh 400,000


Additional Requirements for bulk liquid tank

The Weights and Measures Act (Cap. 513) requires bulk liquid tanks to:

  1. Have an identification plate affixed and containing information on name of manufacturer, year of manufacture of the measure, serial number, registration number of the vehicle, for measure mounted on a vehicle and the nominal capacity of the measure
  2. All tankers must be calibrated by an officer of the Department of Weights and Measures.

Degree of Each Axle Overloading or Excess Gross Vehicle Weight in Kilograms

Minimum Fines (KSh)

 

Fine on FirstConviction

Fine on Second or Subsequent Conviction

Less than 1,000 kg

KSh 5,000

KSh 10,000

1,000 kg or more but less than 2,000 kg

KSh 10,000

KSh 20,000

2,000 kg or more but less than 3,000 kg

KSh 15,000

KSh 30,000

3,000 kg or more but less than 4,000 kg

KSh 20,000

KSh 40,000

4,000 kg or more but less than 5,000 kg

KSh 30,000

KSh 60,000

5,000 kg or more but less than 6,000 kg

KSh 50,000

KSh 100,000

6,000 kg or more but less than 7,000 kg

KSh 75,000

KSh 150,000

7,000 kg or more but less than 8,000 kg

KSh 100,000

KSh 200,000

8,000 kg or more but less than 9,000 kg

KSh 150,000

KSh 300,000

9,000 kg or more but less than 10,000 kg

KSh 175,000

KSh 350,000

10,000 kg or more

KSh 200,000

KSh 400,000

Transportation

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By availing information that is general in the COMESA and EAC regions, and country specific requirement, KTA endeavours to add value to the business operations of its members by making this information readily accessible and available at the click of a button. Through this process, KTA hopes to make Kenyan transporters competitive in the region.

Tranportation requirements are an important know-how to any transporter and even shippers who want their cargo delivered on legal and standardised terms.

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Company Registration Procedures

  1. Name Search: After identifying the at least three (3) names of your choice for a company/business name, one submits it to the office of the Registrar of Companies for a name search to be conducted. This may cost averagely $5.00
  2. BN/2 Form Registration: In the event that the name search was successful, you will be issued with a statutory document entitled; BN/2. Fill in what is appropriate to you (whether the company is a sole proprietorship/partnership/limited liability/ or trustee)
  3. Memorandum and Article of Association: Get a legal practitioner to prepare the MOU and Articles of Association for your new organization. These documents describe the objectives, rules, subscribers and authorised share capital of your company.
  4. Stamp Duty: The amount of money that you pay depends on your declared nominal capital as stipulated in the organization’s Article of Association. The Stamp duty forms are available at Kenya Revenue Authority offices. Fill in four forms and submit two copies at the Lands Registry, one to your banker and retain one copy.
  5. Declaration of Compliance: A commissioner of oath must endorse the BN/2 form, MOU and Article of Association on your behalf.
  6. Filing of Deeds: This is done at the Registrar of Companies offices to be placed in the Companies Registry that makes the organization a legal person. Attached to this are the MOU and Article of Association. For more information on the charges associated with the process visit the website of the Registrar of Companies.
  7. Tax Registration: Register for a Personal Identity Number (PIN), indicating the tax obligation of the organization as Value Added Tax (VAT) and Corporate Tax. This process can be done online from KRA’s website and attracts now charges
  8. National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Registration. Register the organization with NHIF. This is mandatory medical contribution for your employees.

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