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Tough Days Ahead For Kenyans As Govt Issues New Directives

Job Maangi

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Photo: Dr Fred Matiang'i with Hillary Mutyambai

The national police service and the NTSA gave a report which, indicated that as at December 13, 2020, a total of 3,663 persons have lost their lives due road traffic crashes. This shows an increase by 9.4% compared to a similar period last year.

The police service urged all road users to take precautions towards their own safety. The Government will continue with the nationwide law enforcement operations, increase highway and air patrol to ensure adherence to traffic rules.

“Other stringent measures targeting drivers will be employed to ensure compliance with various laws and regulations,” the press release indicated.

The government has put in place measures to curb the rise in accidents, fleet speed monitoring NTSA will monitor the fleet data of PSVs. Any vehicle driven beyond the stipulated speed requirement will be impounded and a prohibition order issued.

The owner and the driver will be charged in line with the provisions of the Traffic Act.

There shall be impromptu checks along major highways. To avoid any conveniences, motorists and passengers have been urged to adhere to all road safety standards and requirements of the Traffic Act. Of special emphasis will be flagging out of illegal operations contrary to the Traffic Act such as overloading, use of un-prescribed identification plates, failure to use seatbelts, drunk driving, use of un-roadworthy vehicles, among others.

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Motorists must ensure their licenses are valid. Other documentation that will be verified for validity include: PSV licenses and Road Service Licenses (RSL) for public service vehicles and Motor Vehicle Inspection certification for PSVs and heavy commercial vehicles
PSV operators should only ply within their licensed routes.

Those who will fail to comply within the terms and conditions of the licenses shall have their RSL suspended.

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