Overloaded vehicles cause extensive damage to South Africa’s roads every year. This compromises the safety of all road users and escalates road maintenance costs.
Surveys conducted along the N4 Maputo Corridor Toll Route in the early stages of the concession contract indicated that more than a third of the vehicles travelling the route were overloaded. This prompted TRAC to enter into an operations agreement with SANRAL in an attempt to address this dilemma.
Although TRAC has no law enforcement rights, we nevertheless play an essential part in reducing overloading as we manage seven (7) LCC’s in SA, three (3) in Mozambique and 11 lay-bye centres on the route. Traffic officers stationed at these facilities are able to perform their law enforcement role.
Since the introduction of LCCs on the N4 more than 10-million vehicles have been weighed. Overloading has been significantly reduced on the N4 Toll Route. Of vehicles weighed at the LCC’s on the South African section of the route, 21% of the average daily heavy vehicle traffic are overloaded and less than 2% of these are illegally (above the grace limit) overloaded.