Techniques to combat dishonest sand suppliers with adapted trucks


Days after a modified truck appeared online revealing how some suppliers are charging unsuspecting TBEN, several experts shared how TBEN can keep contractors in check.

Construction expert Anjeyo Ananda agreed that the trucks had been modified to exploit unsuspecting TBEN.

“Whoever modifies the tipper like the images we’ve seen circulating the internet is a shady businessman who wants to cheat and exploit you,” Ananda said on Twitter.

Other experts urged TBEN to hire certified contractors with years of experience rather than trying to cut costs by relying on amateurs.

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Undated photograph of a modified sand harvester truck on a highway


Sikika Road Safety


In addition to hiring approved architects to oversee the construction process, experts advise property owners to set aside time to monitor construction.

By saving time to visit the construction site, property owners can spot defects in buildings and save money paid on substandard materials.

It is also important for property owners to inspect the tools used for construction before and after use by the constructors and suppliers.

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Experts recommend taking pictures of the tools to record the condition of the construction tools.

“If you deal with sand suppliers, be present when the dumping takes place. Inspect the tipper by lifting the tailgate without tilting the entire container. You can also take pictures if needed,” said Ananda.

Ananda added that the truck can carry a maximum of 17 tons of sand.

“Some suppliers transport up to twenty tons of sand with this truck, but that is not recommended. Overloading the truck will cause serious damage to the vehicle,” Ananda warned.

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On Wednesday, January 4, photos of the modified truck showed that the rear of the truck was raised to hold less sand.

The photos elicited mixed reactions, with others arguing that forcing such truck drivers to go through a weighbridge was the best way to curb the vice.


Image of an unused 2516 truck.

Twitter/Anjeyo Ananda