Niger State governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed that he will soon introduce weighing bridge law for heavy duty vehicles plying the roads in the state to the state House of Assembly even as he decried the destruction caused by the heavy duty vehicles to roads in the state.
Conducting a special inspection of Minna –Suleja road with members of his cabinet yesterday, the governor also called for the enforcement of the weighing bridge for the country to elongate the lifespan of the roads.
He stated that the activities of the heavy duty vehicles have defeated the aim of spending N500 million by his administration for rehabilitation of Minna-Suleja road to give motorists interim relief from the bad state of the road.
Alhaji Bello who was peeved by the damage done to the federal road of Minna –Suleja he recently rehabilitated, stated that the heavy duty trucks have prevented the positive impact of government spending of N500 million to rehabilitate the road.
The governor reiterated that the Federal Ministry of Works should enforce weighing bridges in the country if the life span of the roads is expected to last .
The governor further disclosed that in consultation with the State House of Assembly , he was poise to introduce a weighing bridge bill to the assembly and when passed into law any of the truck drivers who violate the law will be arrested and prosecuted.
According to him, the way trucks were overloaded, weighing between 40,000- 70,000 tones instead of the lawful maximum of between 30,000- 35,000 tones was very bad to the roads as shown by the condition of Minna-Suleja road.
He explained that the Minna-Suleja road was designed and constructed to carry not more than 35,000 tones or litres adding that the rehabilitation effort of the state government was aimed at reducing the hardship faced by the motorists and ensure free flow of movement.