Nyalandu calls for standardization of road humps

The Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu (MP) has urged the Tanzania Bureau of Standards to hasten the finalization of national standards for humps to help eradicate the chaos caused by haphazard establishment of road humps on various roads.

The Deputy Minister was speaking during a function to mark the World Quality Day, which took place at TBS headquarters in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

Hon. Nyalandu said it has been a normal practice for those involved in road construction to build humps of different sizes and shapes on roads, while at the same time not warning motorists with relevant road signs on humps ahead, thus contributing to road accidents.

“There must be a standard on road systems including the aspect of road humps to ensure uniformity in roads and humps construction all over the country,” urged Hon. Nyalandu, adding that the standard should also include requirements for road signs.

The Minister said when ready, the Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) would then be obliged to implement the standard and ensure that its requirements are adhered to during the construction of roads countrywide.

The Minister also commended TBS for the progress reached so far in standardization and also noted the contribution of technical committee members in formulating national standards. He once again urged TBS to make use of the Standards Act No. 2 of 2009 to ensure that Tanzania is not turned into a dumping place for substandard products.

Earlier when welcoming the Minister, the Chairperson of the TBS Board of Directors, Prof. Apollinaria Pereka pinpointed the importance of standards in quality assurance, saying without standards there is no way quality can be ascertained.

She informed the Minister that TBS has so far finalized more than 1500 national standards which are being implemented by various companies locally and abroad, which include specifications, test methods, codes of practices and definitions.

In his introductory remarks, the TBS Director General, Mr. Charles Ekelege enumerated the Bureau’s achievement during its 36 years of existence, including the formulation of over 1,500 standards in various sectors, the issuance of 1257 standards mark licences and tested product certificates, the certification of six companies against TZS 501:2010[ISO 9001:2008] and the accreditation of four laboratories.

“TBS is proud of these achievements. We thank and congratulate all the technical experts manufacturers who use TBS services and we assure them that we shall continue to offer maximum support and best services in order to improve their businesses through standardization and quality assurance work,” said Mr. Ekelege.

During the event, the Minister also launched the new TBS website, http://www.tbs.go.tz which has been redesigned to comprise new features including search facility for standards, facility for online application of standards mark licences, tested product certificates and batch certificates and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

The minister also issued certificates of appreciation to long-time stakeholders in standardization and quality assurance. He also issued licences to various manufacturers to use the standards mark of quality on their certified products.

The world quality Day is celebrated internationally each year on the second Thursday of November. It was introduced by the United Nations to bring about awareness on the importance of quality in ensuring prosperity. This year’s theme is “In Pursuit of Excellence”.