FG To Re-Introduce Weigh Bridges On Federal Roads

Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government would reintroduce the use of weigh bridges on the nation’s highways. A Weigh bridge is a weighing machine for vehicles.

Fashola, made the disclosure while addressing journalists at the ongoing ‘Made in Nigeria Summit 2016’ at the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

The minister said that presently, the weigh bridges were not working optimally, adding that repair works were ongoing on some of them.

“The bridges are not in optimum use, but we are rehabilitating and re-installing some.

“You will see increased regulatory compliance on the roads as they return to motorable quality,’’ Fashola said.

On the issue of re-introduction of toll gates as a means of financing the maintenance of roads, the minister said that it would be left for Nigerians to decide.



    He noted that tolling alone will not be able to finance road maintenance because of traffic variation on different routes.

    “If you toll, it is usually best practice to provide an alternative route and therefore, depending on how heavy the traffic is, people may choose to use the longer route in order to save money,’’ he said;

    He explained that members of the National Assembly were working on a bill that would “give some legislative framework for tolling.’’

    Fashola added that government had begun creation of a road maintenance plan in order to create jobs and business opportunities for small businesses, artisan and other professionals in Nigeria’s construction industry.

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