Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:18 - Updated Sun, 17 Nov 2019 12:20
Heavy vehicles carry out double load
Luanda - Eighty per cent of heavy vehicles on Angola's roads travel at twice the legislated amount of eight tonnes per axle, an increase considered destructive to the pavement.
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According to a study on classificatory volumetric counting presented this Thursday by the Angolan Roads Institute (INE) at the 3rd International Roads Symposium, the effect of loading grows exponentially by about 50%, an increase of eight times the destructive effect and twice the load by about 20 times.
The study carried out on the two main axes of Angola Luanda / Benguela and Maria Teresa / Dondo, between late 2018 and July 2019, concluded that vehicle overloading is one of the factors responsible for premature road degradation, a fact that is contributing to the shortening of the road life, which is 10 years.
For the classificatory volumetric counting, “Haenni Wi 108” and “Haenni Wl 400 Sistem” static scales were used.
According to the member of INE's Management Commission, Fernando Bonito, the study represents one of the steps that are being taken to establish mechanisms to measure road overloads in terms of quantity and quality.
The official admitted that there is not yet a regulation to control overload on roads, ensuring that work is being done so that by 2020 the country has legislation to standardize what is currently happening.
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