Vehicle Load Management Agreement

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In addition, COMESA-EAC-SADC`s draft multilateral cross-border road transport agreement provides a framework for the establishment of a comprehensive traffic management system based on quality, not economic regulation. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Vehicle Load Management Agreement contains harmonized rules and standards as well as the methodology for calculating surcharge charges. The aim is to recover the extra costs caused by the congestion of the infrastructure, as well as the charge limits allowed for road surface protection and road safety. The law passed in 2017 aims to protect roads by limiting congestion while trying to cope with the scourge of accidents. The traffic management system is supported by a tripled computerized traffic registration and information platform (TRIPS) system that allows the exchange of data between Member States/partner states from their own national traffic information systems (NTIS) consisting of a set of modules, including a vehicle system, a driver`s system, an operator system and a transgressing system. He explained that the maximum load proposed for a vehicle is 56 tons, but that sadc allows a tolerance of 2%. „That`s why Tanzanian carriers should only complain about zero tolerance, because the country can give them that,“ he said. The workshop covered the Vehicle Load Management Agreement (VLMA), the multilateralcross boarder and road transport agreement (MCBRTA) and the model laws and related standards of all Member States of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for East and South Africa (Comesa) and Sadc. COMESA-EAC-SADC`s multilateral agreement on cross-border road transport provides a tripartite legal framework for harmonizing road traffic and traffic-related aspects, including vehicle registration documents, carrier registration, vehicle fitness tests, driving training and testing, and driver`s licence categories, based on appropriate international standards, including United Nations standards. From 5 to 09 November 2018, a tripartite workshop on the Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for cross-border road transport agreements, standard laws and regulations in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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